Movember efforts continue for victim of ATV accident

The Movember movement has a new champion in the form of fallen hero Garrett Paquette.

The Movember movement has a new champion in the form of fallen hero Garrett Paquette.

Paquette, from Nanaimo, died in a ATV crash Nov. 11, but his family and friends were determined to make sure that his goal of creating a fundraising tsunami for the Movember effort – designed to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer – would be fulfilled.

The community has rallied around the efforts by his friends and family to honour him, by celebrating his life with spontaneous fundraising events that have driven Paquette into the top 10 in Canada for Movember fundraising. Canada leads the world in these fundraising efforts, having raised more than $32 million as of Nov. 30.

Paquette’s Movember team is composed of a group of fellow Royal Bank of Canada workers. The Nanai-MO RBC Stallions carried on his efforts and, with the assistance of family, friends and community supporters, drove the funds raised to more than $34,000.

In addition to donations, Paquette’s Movember webpage was rife with warm, supportive comments from more than 600 visitors looking to aid his success and the family’s goal to try and reach top fundraiser in Canada.

“He would be so proud to see the support that has gathered around his cause. Garrett was always able to find the good in every situation and turn negative things into positive ones,” said his wife, Angela.  “Even in his passing, his legacy lives on.”

The official deadline for donations to Movember is Wednesday (Dec. 7) and the family hopes to raise more than $50,000 in his name.

Michael Hildebrand, Paquette’s brother, has helped organize a lot of the fundraising efforts.

“Garrett has inspired so many people, and always put his heart into everything he did,” said Hildebrand.  “ If people have not yet donated, there’s still time in this last week to make it a reality.”

To help raise awareness and funds for men’s health, please visit http://ca.movember.com/mospace/1608830/ to make a donation.

Continuing fundraising efforts include a raffle by Nanaimo’s Hub City Fisheries for a $1,000 seafood pack. Tickets are $20 and are available until Saturday (Dec. 10).  Please contact Hildebrand for tickets at mr_hildebrand@shaw.ca or 250-754-8054 or 250-714-0727.

Just Posted

Affordable housing project for people with disabilities breaks ground in Nanaimo

Uplands Drive project expected to be completed by summer 2020

World’s fastest bathtub racer to be determined this weekend in Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race caps full weekend of downtown events

Rescue required after woman falls trying to climb down from Nanaimo walkway

Husband says his wife fell trying to find a place to urinate

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP say missing woman has been located

Woman was last seen July 13 in central Nanaimo

V.I. Raiders to hold main camp this weekend in Parksville

Nanaimo’s junior football team getting ready for the season, which starts Aug. 3

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Beefs & Bouquets, July 18

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Celebrity adds star power to Green Party town hall in Nanaimo

Pamela Anderson attended with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

Police identify pair found dead along highway in northern B.C.

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

B.C. First Nation’s group using ads in Texas targeting company for fuel spill

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Most Read