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Memorial date set for Amanda Todd, family sets up trust fund

A memorial service for Amanda Todd has been planned for Nov. 17, close to the birthday of the Port Coquitlam teen.

It will be held at Citadel middle school in PoCo, according to the family.

Meanwhile, the family is hoping people will contribute to a legacy fund to raise money for mental health programs and anti-bullying prevention.

People wishing to donate online in memory of the teen who died last week after posting a YouTube video about the bullying against her can now do so through the Vancouver Foundation.

A link to the charity organization will allow donors to contribute to two funds: Amanda's Legacy Fund for scholarships to support future generations and Amanda's Memorial Fund, to support current programs dealing with bullying and mental health.

In an introduction to the online giving program, donors are encouraged to choose a program to support and told that Amanda would want to help other young people dealing with bullying.

"In her life Amanda Todd suffered at the hands of bullies who stalked her and harassed her, in an ordeal that started in cyberspace and spilled into the schoolyard.

Before she died at the age of 15, Amanda created a video telling of her painful experiences in the hope of saving other youths such suffering.

"I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong," Amanda wrote."

The statement continues that Amanda's "dream of helping kids is being carried on in the Amanda Todd Legacy, established by her family. This initiative will raise money for anti-bullying education and for support programs to help young people with mental health problems."

It further states: "the Todd family knows Amanda would want to help, to see her mission carried on."

Amanda's mom, Carol Todd, who has worked as a learning resource and skill development teacher for School District 43, told The News through a friend that she is not ready to do any interviews and has been told that further interviews could disrupt police investigations.

However, through fundraising for charitable causes for youth programs, the family hopes to establish a legacy in Amanda's name.

Others ways to donate include contributing in person to a trust fund set up at the Royal Bank under the name Amanda Michelle Todd Trust Fund and by bringing bottles to the Biggar Bottle Depot run by Encorp Pacific Canada at 2577 Kingsway Ave, in Port Coquitlam, where an account has been set up in her honour.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

 

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