PKU fundraiser a success
PHOTO COURTESY CANDACE LAPOINTE
To raise funds for youngsters and their families impacted by PKU, first-time artists took to their easels at Zee Grub in Vaudreuil-Dorion helping to raise $1400 for the cause.
When St. Lazare sisters, Candace Lapointe and Debbie SArjeant, and their family company, Artetvino, set about planning their first ever fund raiser for The Canadian PKU & Allied Disorders Association - held at Zee Grub in Vaudreuil-Dorion this past Saturday, September 24, they were hoping to raise at least $400 to help improve the quality of life of youngsters and their families impacted by this terrible genetic affliction that can lead to brain damage and major neurological problems.
At the end of the day, they are pleased to report the total reached $1450 thanks to the support of participants, friends, families, and local merchants who came up with many door prizes for the cause.
Says Lapointe, “It was a huge success beyond our wildest expectations and fun was had by all. And all the money raised will help improve the lives of people with PKU, encouraging them to cope with the burden of a strict diet, while promoting and supporting research to help find cures.”
Adds Serjeant, “We are amazed at the compassion of our community, generated to support our PKU fundraiser and we would like to thank everyone, including Your Local Journal for covering the event. Your article made people aware of the lifelong, genetic affliction PKU induces into the lives of families. And after she had read it, Sheryl Blackie, an artist living in Valleyfield, kindly donated one of her African Lion illustrations to be raffled off. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank everyone who made it such a fantastic success.”