In August last year, you ran the news story of our son’s death due to an accident while hiking at Monashee Creek.
Daniel (Lovegrove) was killed Aug. 13, 2011 when he tried to save his friend who had slipped on an unstable embankment. Sadly, the tree Daniel was holding gave way and they both fell to their deaths.
Through our grief, we never were able to thank all of the people who reached out to us. We received condolences from strangers throughout B.C. and Alberta.
Daniel was employed with Starbucks, and they assisted not only us, but his colleagues too. The day after his death, they closed his store as the staff was overcome with grief. They generously provided staff and beverages at his celebration of life. Save-On Foods provided food trays also.
It was a horrible event, and the last year has been extremely difficult for his friends and family. At the time of his death, he was hailed a hero for sacrificing his life, friends and family wanted to remember and honour him.
To do so, we established the Daniel Lovegrove Memorial Education Fund Society. As Daniel was raised in Edmonton, and his university time was at UBCO, we will be providing scholarships and bursaries to post secondary students attending a recognized university in Alberta or B.C. who are enrolled in a four-year bachelors degree program.
We have one last document to file, and once done, we have received confirmation from the charities directorate that we will be granted Charitable status. This means any donations received this year will qualify for a tax receipt.
We now need applicants for the scholarships and bursaries. The details for applicants are available on the website at www.daniellovegrove.com. Of course, donations are always welcome too.
This is a thank you, and an invitation to the young people seeking scholarships and bursaries. For Daniel to be remembered by way of this education fund, we need to be able to grant the scholarships and bursaries. We are accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year until Aug 31, 2012.
Kerry and Tom Lovegrove, Peachland