The Richard Fehr Memorial Fundraiser has been set up to raise money to send children with special needs to summer camps each year in memory of Richard Fehr.
Amy Fehr, Richard’s mother, hopes that this will help children with special needs go to summer camp across British Columbia.
“The main reason this is being done is because (Pines Bible Camp) was the happiest place for Richard. Everybody was equal there and in my heart, the way I’m going to keep on remembering Richard are through the smiles of the kids with special needs,” she said. “It’s not just going to be concentrated in Grand Forks, it will be throughout the province.”
An auction was created on Facebook where people could donate a service or handmade item, such as a haircut, babysitting or painting, and people can bid on the item or service.
Fehr noted that if the auction continues to do well, they would be able to fund several children this summer. The auction concludes tomorrow (Oct. 30).
“I do have people from all over British Columbia who are asking me for information because they also want to do fundraisers,” she added. “We’re working to put together a package that people can send out and then people can contact me if they’re interested in doing this fundraising.”
Richard’s birthday, on June 16, will continue to be celebrated at Pines as the opening day, as well as a fundraiser.
Along with the auction, residents can donate their recycled bottles at the Grand Forks Bottle Depot. J. A. Hutton Elementary School will held a raffle, with the money going towards Richard’s fund.
“One of the prizes was a lunch with the principal and a friend because that’s something that Richard dreamed of doing,” Fehr noted.
Future ideas include a Strongman competition and a family dance in the spring in Grand Forks and Christina Lake area.
Richard Fehr died during the windstorm on July 20 at Pines Bible Camp in Grand Forks.
To donate a service or bid on an item, visit the Richard Fehr Memorial Fundraiser on Facebook. A donation can also be made to CIBC account 122 6932.