In the wake of a tragedy, a Nanaimo resident is trying to spread positivity and help two families in need.
Nanaimo’s Peter Hudson is hosting a fundraiser in memory of his high school friends Terry Sutton and Jason Williams. The two men, who attended Wellington Secondary School while living in Nanaimo, were found dead outside their residence in Chipman, Alta. after reports of shots being fired, according to an RCMP press release.
Hudson organized a beer and burger fundraiser, We Take Care of Our Own, on Saturday (May 27) from 6-9 p.m. at the Queen’s. He hopes to raise $10,000 to help the families. Hudson said Sutton and Williams were both the main wage earners in the households. The money will help support the families and help pay for counselling and other support for the children. Between them they had six children, ranging in ages from two to 16 years old.
“They had a traumatic experience and it’s about healing,” said Hudson about the children.
The fundraising event features acoustic performances by Nick and Kaitlynn and Peter the Banjo Guy. Kavawon, SirReal, Morgan, Murray and Rick Threat will also perform.
“It’s going to be a great night of great entertainment,” said Hudson.
He invites everyone to come to the event, even if they didn’t know the family.
“If you don’t know the people it’s not about that. It’s about a night of positivity and love. It’s about healing and doing the right thing,” said Hudson.
Tickets are $20 available at the Queen’s.
The event will also include a silent auction. People interested in donating an item can contact Hudson by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $20,000. People can donate by visiting www.gofundme.com/terry-sutton-jason-williams.