Bin­brook con­cert will raise funds for Bosma char­ity

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - DE­BRA DOWNEY Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity News

A ben­e­fit con­cert is be­ing used to raise money for the char­ity cre­ated in Tim Bosma’s mem­ory.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Satur­day, July 22 ben­e­fit, en­ti­tled Com­mu­nity in the Coun­try­side, hope to once again sur­round the Bosma fam­ily with love and sup­port, they say, all while rais­ing money for char­ity.

Com­mu­nity in the Coun­try­side takes place from 5 p.m. to mid­night at Ger­ma­nia Park in Bin­brook. It will fea­ture live bands, a silent auc­tion, raf­fles, and door prizes.

Joz­ina Dyk­stra Lundy, who helped bring the event to fruition, said al­though the con­cert is be­ing held four years af­ter Bosma’s death, or­ga­niz­ers want the fam­ily to know that peo­ple still want to of­fer their sup­port.

“We will never for­get Tim, and we want (the Bos­mas) to know that,” Lundy said. “I hope they draw some com­fort from know­ing that this crowd gath­ered in honour of Tim as a sign of sol­i­dar­ity, love, and sup­port.”

Bosma, 32, left his ru­ral An­caster home on May 6, 2013 to take two strangers for a test drive of the truck he was selling. His re­mains were found eight days later on a farm near Kitch­ener. In June 2016, af­ter a four-and-half-month trial and five days of de­lib­er­a­tions, a Hamil­ton jury found two Toronto-area men guilty of first-de­gree mur­der. They were sen­tenced to life in prison with no pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role for 25 years.

“When Tim was miss­ing, we prayed and prayed and prayed, and also put up posters, drove around look­ing for him and the truck, ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in try­ing to help,” Lundy said. “Dur­ing the trial, we con­tin­ued to pray and some of us also went to the trial to sup­port the Bosma fam­ily.

“But other than that, there was noth­ing else we could re­ally do.”

Af­ter her hus­band’s death, Shar­lene Bosma set up the reg­is­tered char­ity called Tim’s Trib­ute, which is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the in­no­cent vic­tims of homi­cide.

Lundy said the idea be­hind Com­mu­nity in the Coun­try­side is to not only bring the com­mu­nity of peo­ple who knew and loved Bosma to­gether again, but to raise a “ton” of money for the char­ity cre­ated in his mem­ory. “The funds are used to as­sist the fam­i­lies of vic­tims of homi­cide, and since we live in a bro­ken world, there is still a need for this,” she said.

Lundy at­tended el­e­men­tary school with Bosma, and the blond­haired blue-eyed young­ster was of­ten in­vited to birth­day par­ties at her home.

On the en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule for the day are no­table en­ter­tain­ers such as Ja­cob Moon, Ray Lyell, Rhythm Works, Mike Al­mas Blues Band, and Can­nery Row. Lundy and co-or­ga­niz­ers Rick Flok­stra and Anne teGroten­huis will also per­form, as they some­times do with other mem­bers of An­caster Chris­tian Re­formed Church.

Tim Bosma

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