85-year-old COVID-19 survivor walking halls of care home to inspire others to donate to local charity

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The money raised by participants supports the work done by the Brenda Strafford Centre in taking a stand against family violence.

In her time as a nurse, Strain saw the effects of domestic violence firsthand and understands the important work that is done by groups like this one.

“For me, it’s about getting the cause more known. There are lots of people, like me, who don’t know how large the need for help has become,” said Strain.

She doesn’t have a goal for the distance she’ll walk over the course of the month but she’s already walked more than 24,000 steps.

She set a fundraising goal of $1,000, which was reached Thursday, and she’s currently the challenge’s top fundraiser. Any more money raised is far more than she could have ever expected.

Violini said her mother-in-law was constantly wishing she could do more to help Calgarians in her community while she was in isolation, so the fundraiser is her way to give back to the community that supported her and her neighbours during their outbreak.

“Walking every day for the challenge has motivated her to get up and get steps in each day. There was a lot of fear when the lockdown was lifted and she was able to walk around the facility again, there is fear in leaving your room after getting sick and spending so much time there,” said Violini.

“It’s taking a lot of courage for her to do this. We read her the comments that people post with their donations and they bring tears to her eyes. I don’t know if she’s ever seen herself as an inspiration to others.”

Jorge Torres, spokesperson with the Brenda Strafford Centre, said it’s heartwarming to see Strain’s act of kindness.

“We are grateful for Eve’s successful recovery from COVID-19 and are inspired by her bravery and selflessness during these difficult times,” he said.

The challenge runs until Sept. 30, with a goal of raising $8,000. As of Sunday, just over half of the goal had been donated.

To donate to Strain’s walking campaign, find her profile on the Brenda Strafford Centre’s page on raceroster.com.

Twitter: @BabychStephanie



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