Beaverton student launches fundraiser to place candles at graves of Canadian soldiers

A Brock student has launched a fundraising campaign to honour Canadians killed during the First World War.

Colby Farrell – who is currently in France, studying abroad as part of a Rotary exchange program – is raising money in an effort to place a candle at the graves at the Iwuy Communal Cemetery.

“Because of the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers 100 years ago, we are able to live in freedom and peace. That is why I am pulling my community of Iwuy together, here in France, on Christmas Eve to light a candle beside each grave in our Canadian cemetery,” reads his post on GoFundMe.

“This shining candle serves to commemorate and remember those who had, numerous times, missed Christmas and missed time with their families. These fathers, sons, and brothers will never return home so let’s create a reminder to demonstrate that they are forever not forgotten by lighting a candle.”

Farrell is hoping to raise $850 in the coming weeks.

“Each candle costs $2.50. If you can only contribute one candle, that is one more hero that is able to have a little light this Christmas,” Farrell said.

“Any extra money I collect, I will use to buy candles to place in other cemeteries around me.”

Although the candles will be placed on Christmas Eve, donations will be accepted into the new year.

“This Christmas, please take the time to make a contribution to commemorate and remember why we are able to be with our families and friends this holiday season,” the post reads.

Farrell decided to launch the project after learning about a similar initiative in the Netherlands.

“I saw that the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in Netherlands was doing this. After becoming aware of this initiative, I thought that the idea of lighting a candle in the act of remembering the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers 100 years ago was the perfect way of commemorating,” he said.

“With only a week out, I am trying to spread the word as much as possible.”

For more information, or to contribute to the fundraiser, click HERE.

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