AP­PEAL DRAWS HUGE RE­SPONSE

Com­mu­nity raises $31K for in­jured teen

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN the Go­FundMe cam­paign for Roma’s own Ethan Kirk­bride was set up 28 days ago, the com­mu­nity im­me­di­ately jumped in to sup­port him, open­ing their hearts and wal­lets to the teen who was in­jured in a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent.

Do­na­tions flooded in over the first few days of the cam­paign be­ing set up, and they con­tin­ued to stream in over the pro­ceed­ing days and weeks, show­ing the gen­eros­ity of Roma knows no bounds.

As of noon yes­ter­day, the fund to cover the teen’s med­i­cal bills ticked over to $31,662 - ex­ceed­ing the ini­tial $30,000 goal.

In to­tal, 188 do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal busi­nesses, and co­horts from both of Roma’s schools all added up to make a dif­fer­ence.

The most re­cent up­date on the Go­FundMe page, writ­ten more than a week ago by fa­cil­i­ta­tor Marc Ben­son, thanked all donors for their sup­port.

“Hi ev­ery­one, thank you for ev­ery­one’s sup­port to­wards Ethan.

“The amount of shar­ing on this page and then the do­na­tions have been very well re­ceived by Ethan and his fam­ily.

“To give you all an up­date on the pro­ceeds of this page, we have linked a bank ac­count in the name of Joanne Lis­ton, Ethan’s mum.

“Joanne and Ethan will both work to­gether to use these do­na­tions to­wards the ex­penses post-ac­ci­dent.

“On be­half of Ethan, Joanne and fam­ily, thank you so much for what has been done so far to get be­hind them.

The Go­FundMe page re­ceived more than 1600 shares on so­cial me­dia, get­ting the word out.

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