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(Posted 6:30 p.m., March 19)
Memorial fund established to help Duffy family deal with tragic loss

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Residents in Chapel Hill South are rallying together to help the Orléans woman who lost her husband and eldest son in a tragic car accident on Feb. 22.

Through an effort organized by the Chapel Hill South Community Association and the Le Prélude school community, more than 50 people have volunteered to provide Louise Duffy and her two surviving children Eric, 10 and Victoria, 18, with two month's worth of meals.

Donna Leith-Gudbranson helped organize the meal program. She benefitted from a similar effort six years ago when her son Dennis was going through a bone marow transplant.

"It helps in two ways," says Gudbranson. "It helps Louise out by her not having to worry about buying groceries or cooking meals so she can focus on her kids, and it's therapeutic for the people providing the meals because it allows them to reach out and be part of the grieving process."

It took just three days to generate the 50-plus volunteers who will make one meal each according to a meal plan and schedule organized by Gudbranson.

The prepared meals are delivered every afternoon in disposable microwavable containers in a cooler. The family can either eat them or freeze them for later.

The group has also established a memorial fund with the CIBC, the proceeeds of which will be used to help the family in whatever way possible.

Until the tragic day her husband and son were killed, Louise ran a home-based day care. After the accident, a number of home-based day cares in the surrounding area pitched in to provide spaces for Duffy's clients until she was ready to take them back, likely sometime this week.

Marc Roy is among a handful of people who are helping to spread the word about the trust fund and a fundraising event planned for this Wednesday at the Boston Pizza restaurant on Innes Road. Ten per cent of all food sales between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., including take-out and delivery orders, will be donated to the fund.

Individual donations can also be made by visiting any CIBC branch and making a deposit in account number # 01106-7992734.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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