Honouring Meesha, Helping Ruby

For: Ruby
Organizer: Brett Grubisic
$37,731
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 253 donors
75% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

This is a special welcome to those of you who attended Ruby Rae's Rawk n Swap in Nanaimo.  My name is Bryan Young and I am a long time friend of Meesha, and her brother Brett.  We met way back in the 1970s in Mission, BC when Mikey as we called her then was merely in grade 7, getting on close to the age that Ruby is now.  We lost a very special spirit when Meesha was killed in February.  While Ruby is her own budding young person, it is clear that some of that spirit is there shining brightly in her.  

I want you to know that the donation or purchase you made at the event is part of hundreds of such gifts that hundreds have made since Meesha died and a group of us set up this site and fundraising effort to provide Ruby with the net she will need to flourish in this world.  The truism "it takes a village to raise a child" is exemplified by the life-affirming acts of so many of you that would turn the deepest cynic into a believer.  

So, on behalf of Brett, Ruby, Ruby's Dad, I thank you deeply.  What you have done matters.  

Sincerely, 
Bryan Young

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On February 13, 2014, Meesha's life was tragically cut short, while she was saving the life of her dog, Sailor.  Many people from many different circles were touched by Meesha, as she was the ultimate care-giver.  People knew her because of her work caring for people in residential care, or because of her work caring for dogs (and their people) through her doggy b+b and dog walking business.  It was impossible to know Meesha without knowing her love for her daughter, Ruby.  As a single-mom, Meesha was a strong and wise role model for her amazing daughter.  Please help us honour Meesha by donating to this trust fund, to be used for Ruby's education.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 24, 2014

Posted on May 24, 2014

This is a special welcome to those of you who attended Ruby Rae's Rawk n Swap in Nanaimo.  My name is Bryan Young and I am a long time friend of Meesha, and her brother Brett.  We met way back in the 1970s in Mission, BC when Mikey as we called her then was merely in grade 7, getting on close to the age that Ruby is now.  We lost a very special spirit when Meesha was killed in February.  While Ruby is her own budding young person, it is clear that some of that spirit is there shining brightly in her.  

I want you to know that the donation or purchase you made at the event is part of hundreds of such gifts that hundreds have made since Meesha died and a group of us set up this site and fundraising effort to provide Ruby with the net she will need to flourish in this world.  The truism "it takes a village to raise a child" is exemplified by the life-affirming acts of so many of you that would turn the deepest cynic into a believer.  

So, on behalf of Brett, Ruby, Ruby's Dad, I thank you deeply.  What you have done matters.  

Sincerely, 
Bryan Young

Posted on May 24, 2014

Posted on May 24, 2014

We were so surprised and grateful to see the article by Vidya Kauri on Meesha in Maclean's (March 24th issue).  Thank you so much Vidya for honouring Meesha's memory!  

We are also incredibly grateful to the many friends, family, and colleagues who came to her wonderful memorial at St. Ann's Academy on Saturday, March 15th.  Such lovely words, and such lovely songs!  All the while, Ruby sat with her Dad Andrew in the front row showing such presence and poise.  A truly amazing person Meesha has left us!  

Welcome to those of you who might be new to Meesha's story.  We are raising funds to help secure Ruby's future.  We are just over half way to our goal.  To get to know what we have lost, and the promise that Ruby's life holds, please take a look at the pictures here, and the updates we have drafted.   - See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/honouring-meesha-helping-ruby/139103#sthash.b3NodPUG.dpuf

Posted on April 26, 2014

Posted on April 26, 2014

Folks: Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the people who attended "Raising for Ruby" at the Loghouse on April 13th, we raised $5000!

Don't forget about the Ruby Rae's Rawk 'n' Swap!A party by donation! 

Saturday May 24 at 8:00pm, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 Nanaimo (129 Harewood Road)

• Music: Awkward (a new band!), Moths & Locusts, The Fences of Fairview
• Silent auction
• Clothing & collectibles sale (by donation)

Hosted by the ever generous Adrienne Mercer and Jack Tieleman. I know Ade and Jack have been bowled over by the generosity of local businesses donating auction items, so it is sure to be a great event.

Here is the link to the event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/641137769289593/?ref=ts&fref=ts

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