Nelson is known for its generosity, to lend a helping hand when life deals you a curve ball.
That’s why friends and neighbours of Wendy and Norm Richard are invited to come together on March 22 at Bigby Place on Front Street in Nelson for a community gathering of music, and support.
“We want to show our support for these two wonderful people who are experiencing financial stress due to a long and continued health crisis,” said Nelson artist Yvonne Munro.
“Wendy is one of those people who tries to find the silver lining in every situation and she is certainly being tested here.”
Munro and Wendy have been friends since the 1980s.
“We have followed each other around the province, raised our kids together, and supported each other through the highs and lows of growing up and growing wiser. Wendy is truly my sister by love,” said Munro, who organized the gathering.
Sixteen months ago, Wendy was diagnosed with advanced and aggressive breast cancer. This has been followed by grueling chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation therapy, and continued chemotherapy, as well as natural and supportive therapies.
As with many people undergoing cancer treatments, the therapy has caused serious financial strains on the family.
Norman, a musician himself, is well known for organizing the Unplugged acoustic music sessions at Ellison’s on Saturday afternoons.
“Music seems like the perfect way to bring people together for an evening,” said Munro.
Munro has organized a silent auction on her Facebook page under Yvonne Munro, which started March 7, and runs to March 21.
Successful bidders can pick up their items at the evening event.
“The support has been incredible,” said Munro. “We don’t need any more gift donations for the Silent Auction, but if people want to donate money, they can do so at the CIBC in Nelson in an account that has been set up for the Richards.”
People are welcome to bring a small snack to share at the event and bring their own beverages, Munro said.