‘Turtle Project’ to help victims of violence
When Anne Marie D’amico was a little girl her grandfather gave her the nickname “tartaruga” — turtle, in Italian.
“Because we’d always have to wait so long for her to finish her meal, she would take forever,” remembered her brother Nick D’amico.
Almost eight months after Anne Marie D’amico was killed in the April 23 Yonge St. van attack with nine others, that nickname has taken on another meaning for her grieving family, which this week launched a new foundation in her name to end violence against women.
“It kind of transcends her nickname now,” Nick D’AMico said of the foundation’s symbol, a turtle with a heart for a shell and the letters “AM.”
The family officially launched the foundation on Dec 3, which would have been Anne Marie D’amico’s 31st birthday. They’re still working on the details, but every year on that night they plan to hold a “Turtle Project” fundraiser telling the stories of women who have survived violence.
Anne Marie D’amico’s family is starting a foundation to end violence against women.