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Twelve-year-old plans third fundraising drive for VSPCR


PHOTO COURTESY KAREN ALGUIRE

Saint-Lazare resident Eva Di Filippo, age 12, is hoping to raise $1,000 in her third fundraising initiative scheduled for December, 2020 to help the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson. Eva’s two earlier fundraisers for the residence in 2018 and 2019 raised a combined total of $1,221.85.

A young Saint-Lazare girl is being lauded for her generosity after she initiated her own fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) in Hudson for two consecutive years.

Eva De Filippo, age 12, is a Grade 7 student at Westwood Junior High School and has raised a combined total of $1,221.85 during her past two fundraising efforts, her mother Karen Alguire told The Journal during a telephone interview on March 17.

“Eva started making these small hats almost four years ago when she was a Brownie and I was a Girl Guide leader in arts and crafts. She also enjoyed making them after that,” said Karen.

Fundraising initiative

When Eva was in Grade 6 at Forest Hill Elementary School, she had an assignment to do an initiative that was associated with the community and asked her mother what she thought of her idea to knit the little hats for the palliative care residence.

“Eva’s grandmother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and fought it for seven-and-a-half years. She lost all her hair due to the many chemo treatments and would always be seen wearing a hat but especially loved tuques,” said Karen.

Little tuques

“They’re like little arts and crafts type of things done with yarn. Eva makes them into a little tuque shape but it’s not actually knitted with knitting needles. I sold many of them in my ladies clothing shop Moda Elle in Plaza Pointe Claire,” Karen added.

Eva’s grandmother passed away on July 12, 2018 at the palliative care residence. She was very close to her grandmother and went to visit her almost every single day during her two-week stay, said Karen.

“During her stay at the residence Eva was always treated so well as was her grandmother by the entire staff and the volunteers. They were so kind to Eva. I think seeing her grandmother in that atmosphere was very reassuring to her. Eva was also very appreciative of the staff so she chose the residence as the donation point,” Karen added.

Giving back

Eva’s profound experience made her want to give back to the residence so in December, 2018 she launched her first initiative to sell the hats she made for three dollars each which raised $456.40, said Karen. Eva amassed $764.45 in her second fundraiser and she’s already planning a third drive this coming December.

For Eva, her decision to support the palliative care residence was her way of saying thank you to the staff for their care and compassion they gave to the family during her grandmother’s two-week stay.

$1,000 goal for 2020

“I wanted to make something that I could sell and make money with that would represent my grandmother. She liked wearing hats with pom-poms. My mother would help me sometimes when the hats were lopsided,” said Eva.

Eva’s lofty goal for her fundraising drive this year is to raise $1,000. “I don’t think people realize that if they haven’t had a relative at the residence, how the staff members are absolutely unbelievable with the compassionate care they provide,” said Karen. “These nurses go above and beyond. They truly have a remarkable group of personnel.”

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