Marystown teen raising awareness
She says it was from her brother’s personal experience with mental illness that the “Be strong, live on” motto was born.
The shirts are black on the front with the logo on the back on the neck of the shirt.
A piece of purple material, holding Kyle’s signature, is also sewn to the front of each shirt.
Purple was his favourite colour, says his sister.
She says it was chance that brought her brother and the graphic designer together.
Inkpen had been working on tattoo project, she says, and messaged her brother Kyle for help.
“He (Kyle) had over 50 tattoos, so it made sense.”
About a week or two after Kyle’s death, Cole sent his sister a message, saying ‘Hey this is the shirt I designed with your brother. Would you help me sell them?
Stapleton says up until that point she didn’t have any part in the design process.
“Kyle and Cole they designed the shirts but it didn’t really get any further than having a design on a computer screen,” she says.
Stapleton says although she and her brother did not have a close relationship, given that fact that he lived away for 10 years, she felt compelled to do something after his death.
“So (after) he passed away I was thinking… what can I do to make him happy?”
She reached out to Cole, to ask if he still had the design for the shirts.
He did, and they got to work. Within days they had sold over 25 shirts, she says.
Since then she’s raised $1,300 from the sale of tshirts. She plans to donate the money to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre’s mental health campaign.
Stapleton is studying business at Memorial University and says one day she might expand on the line, maybe introducing a line of gym wear in assorted colours, with some of the money from the sales going back to charity.