Final Holly’s Heart fundraiser a great success

Posted: May 7, 2012 at 2:12 am

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GUELPH When Holly Grace Cameron died four years ago, organizing a fundraiser to benefit the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Guelph Wish Fund for Children helped her parents work through their grief and turn their personal tragedy into something that would give hope and inspire others.

But what will help them most now, say Hollys parents Rob and Paula Cameron, is to refocus their energy on their other three children and take a bit of a break from fundraising.

And so Saturdays Hollys Heart family fair at Harcourt United Church was the last. The family expected to raise $12,000 Saturday, bringing their four-year fundraising total to $40,000.

With the sun smiling down on the crowd that topped 250 people, the day went off without a hitch.

It was a big decision to make this the fourth and final, said Paula, during a pause in the festivities. Its very emotional for us. Holly would have been eight, next week. She had a light and energy about her and she beat so many odds. So this day represents her.

We have an army of volunteers, added Rob. So many people have helped make this happen.

The event was geared to families. There were a lot of throwing games one brave soul was the face kids flung wet sponges at and the parking lot was divided up for jump rope, road hockey and other games of chance. Zumba sessions with instructor Carlos Henriquez was a popular draw and the Funky Mamas were a big hit.

The Frog Fling used stuffed Kermit the Frog dolls and was much more humane than it sounds.

Its wonderful what they do, Belinda Redrup said of the Camerons. Its a wonderful way to remember their daughter. I didnt know Holly, but to make something positive from a tragedy is inspiring.

Sherrie Engelen and her kids came from Boston for the event. Shes known the family for a long time.

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