Tragedy leads to charitable triumph in Oakville
June 13, 2012 by Martin
A North Oakville neighbourhood was ripped apart by tragedy last January after 43-year-old Katherine Newman was stabbed to death and her fleeing ex-husband shot by police only a stone’s throw away. This resulted in three instantly orphaned children who the Oakville community wanted to support and provide with hope for a better future.
Last Sunday, June 10, over 200 friends and family members of the community got their chance to help the couple’s three boys, Thomas, Joshua, and James, rebuild after tragedy through the Strides for Friends. A low-key event, Strides for Friends was a fundraising 5K walk/run and community barbecue experience with proceeds of the event going directly to the boys’ trust fund, which was created to help fund their education.
With an outpouring of public support, the event was both a success and rare opportunity for the community to come together and bond in the wake of a terrible tragedy.
Events like the North Oakville Stride for Friends are great ways for printing companies to become involved in community building, low-key, and local events.
Stride for Friends was simple and effect way to honour the memory of Katherine Newman and help support the Newman boys. Some excellent and effective printing services that can help promote future community events include flyer printings of the event and donation information about the trust fund.
Stride for Friends, locally and informally organized, proved to be a highly successful event. Amounts raised totaled well above their fundraising goal, with donations still being accepted to the Newman boys’ trust fund.