Strathcona Cares

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Raised by 978 people in 48 months
Originally written by a neighbour of the victim's...who also lives in Strathcona....

On Thursday my neighbour was brutally assaulted by a stranger who broke into her home. She was very brave and smart and strong.  She fought back.  She made noise.  And help came in the form of some amazing heroic neighbours who showed a lot of courage, who stepped up, stopped this horrible crime, and probably saved this young woman's life.  This woman is a survivor, and will need as much support from the community as we can give her. Recovery can be a long road, and donations will go directly to support her and fund her recovery.  This could be your sister, your daughter, your partner, your friend.  As a city, as a community, please donate anything you can. Let's show our support for this brave young woman. Let her know that neighbours care,  our community cares, and our city cares.  Neighbourhood heroes, thank you.
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Imagine you are running a race. A long race. And you’re exhausted. Almost spent. You aren’t sure you can even make it to the finish line. Can you feel your lungs burning, your legs turning to jello, your heart about to die?

And then you come around the last bend to see everyone you have ever known, everyone who has ever known you . . . jumping up and down, clapping, cheering for you. Some have tears streaming down their faces, others have their hands close to their hearts, but everyone is supporting you. Everyone is cheering for you. Everyone is sending you their love.

What happens to you?

You are transformed. You forget your pains. Your lungs find new air. Your body suddenly comes alive. And you race with pure joy and enthusiasm to the finish line.

That’s what love does. It propels us forward, breathes new life into us, gives us enthusiasm for living and a smile on our face. With love, we thrive.

You have the power to transform lives.

By simply loving.

Friend & Author Brynne Betz
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Strathcona Cares would like to thank everyone who has been able to, and is still planning to donate funds to assist the survivor, our neighbour, in her ongoing recovery. Donations have come from caring people from every neighbourhood in the city and lower mainland, from businesses, from politicians and community leaders, and from as far away as Europe.

We all know that money can't fix things, but it can go a long way to providing for the immediate necessities of life in the aftermath of such a terrible crime, things like trauma counselling, temporary housing costs, moving expenses, and wage replacement during recovery, which can take a significant length of time .

We would also like to thank the media for it's sensitive coverage of this story, and for the positive coverage of our neighbourhood, as we come together as neighbours to respond to this incident in constructive, strength-building ways that reflect our community's true character, its diversity, and inclusiveness .
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Strathcona Cares thanks everyone who has been able to donate to support our community member's recovery from this terrible violence. So far,hundreds of people have donated and sent heartfelt well wishes, love, and virtual hugs that are appreciated more than words can express. THANK YOU <3

The family members and close friends of our survivor wish to express their deep gratitude that so many people are so caring, loving, and giving. It has gone a long way toward restoring our collective faith in humanity.

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Hello friends, the outpouring of support from neighbours, friends, and complete strangers has been overwhelming. In the words of some of our donors, "May the love and support of our community resonate louder"; "I am so grateful to see that our community steps up so quickly to help"; "With much love from our family"; "Strathcona's response to the attack on this woman - the physical intervention of passers-by and the outpouring of support both financial and emotional - give me hope";" Sending positive energy to the survivor and all of her Angels"; "Our hearts go out to her."

Thank you for giving and continuing to share this link. <3


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Raised by 978 people in 48 months
Created March 26, 2015
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