‘Tur­tle Project’ to help vic­tims of vi­o­lence

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - May War­ren STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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