NEW GLASGOW – Nina Davey and Cassie Clarke could be seen holding back tears through their smiles as they honoured the memory of their friend, Jeana English.
The pair hosted a skating event by donation only, to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation in memory of English who lost her battle with brain cancer last fall.
“(The skate) is basically just in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation and Jeana’s Wish,” explains Clarke.
Davey adds, “All of the funds raised today are going to the Children’s Wish Foundation and at the end of the school year we will raise money for the Relay for Life.”
Last year, Jeana’s Girls, a group of now Grade 9 students at Pictou Academy, were the top fundraising team for the Relay for Life and are shooting for that title again this year.
As for the skate, Davey used all of the money she received for her birthday and rented the auxiliary rink at the Pictou County Wellness Centre so that all funds raised that day could be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“We needed a really good way to raise money and thought the rink would be a good place,” explains Davey, although they both note that English didn’t skate very much but she did try for fun.
“We are hoping to have different events throughout the year to help keep her memory alive.”
The girls were aware the Wishmakers Walk is coming up soon and wanted to make a donation in English’s memory.
“We’re hoping to get a good crowd. We’ve done well with donations so far,” notes Clarke.
Holding these events makes them feel closer to English.
“I think she’d be proud. She’d want people to remember her,” says Davey.
Clarke adds, “She’d like people to know who she was, even though she’d be embarrassed (she didn’t like to be in the spotlight), she’d be happy because it’s for a good cause.”
They admit hosting the different events is difficult because it makes them sad, but they know it is for a good cause.
“It’s what it’s for that makes us do it,” says Clarke. “Jeana got her wish to go to Disney (World) because of the Children’s Wish Foundation.”
Davey adds, “She’d want other kids to be able to go too.”