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‘Outpouring of affection and love’: $12,000 raised in five days for family of girl who died in Clementsvale farming accident

The late Sia VanWyck.
The late Sia VanWyck.

CLEMENTSVALE, NS - In just five days, more than $12,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe Compassion Fund for the family of Sia VanWyck, a little girl from Kennebunk, Maine who died as a result of her injuries in a heart-rending accident on July 18 while visiting a family farm in Clementsvale.  

The fund has been organized by Olivia Polk, Ottawa, who is a cousin of Sia's father and grandfather.

“The people in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia who have been affected by this heartbreaking event have rallied with local fundraising events. However, family, friends and others who do not live in the region are wanting to contribute to the grieving parents,” says Polk on the GoFundMe page. “This online fundraising campaign has been set up to meet the requests we have received.”

In an interview, Polk said the generosity to the campaign has been “overwhelming.”

“It’s quite the outpouring of affection and love,” she said. “No amount of money will make up for the loss of Sia, but it’s a way to help a family who don’t need anymore on their plate. Three’s so many other details to arrange. It’s a very complicated process on top of grieving for everyone.”

 Polk said the compassion fund is for the family to use as they see fit.

“The family is under a great deal of strain and the fund is to help alleviate any financial worries at this challenging time,” she said. “Loss of income, the need for certain professional services and travel expenses to date are among the challenges and worries they face. We have not been able to determine yet if the family’s insurance will cover out-of-country medical expenses. These expenses, once known, may be extremely high.”

Further fundraising, targeted specifically for medical costs, may be necessary in the future, she added.

Another local fundraiser for the compassion fund has been organized by Moorbern Farms in Windsor, who will be donating all proceeds from its blueberry u-pick on Aug. 5 to the fund.

Go online: More information on the GoFundMe Sia VanWyck Compassion Fund can be found online at  https://www.gofundme.com/SiaVanWycksCompassionFund

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