THE JDK FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF CAMP KINDNESS AT THE DR. JAY CHILDREN’S GRIEF CENTRE
Monday July 22nd, 2019 marks one year since the shooting tragedy on the Danforth in Toronto that injured 13 people and killed 10-year-old Julianna Despina Kozis and 18-year-old Reese Fallon. As one way of marking this anniversary, Julianna Despina Kozis’ family has launched The JDK Foundation- also known as the Just Do Kindness Foundation- to honour the memory of Julianna and the kindness she embodied in life.
Julianna exuded positivity, beaming a smile at every turn. She has been described by so many as a bright light; a girl who had so much love in her heart, the courage to stand up for others and a desire to create and inspire peace. The JDK Foundation has been established to keep Julianna’s bright light shining in the world and to inspire others to make the world a better place.
One of the meaningful ways that Julianna’s family and the JDK Foundation has found to keep her bright light shining is to help bring hope to the lives of other children, youth and families who most need it by raising funds for the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre. This much needed support will ensure that hundreds of children, youth and families living with grief, traumatic loss and terminal illness across Ontario will be connected with responsive support, innovative programming and meaningful connections. Proceeds from this campaign and the event on July 28th will help to support the Centre in a new program running this August: Camp Kindness, a camp community for grieving families.
The JDK FOUNDATION and the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre invite you to join with family, friends and community to Celebrate Julianna’s Life on Sunday July 28, 2019 at Fincham Park.
On Sunday July 28, 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm at Fincham Park in Markham, Julianna’s family, friends and loved ones will be hosting a community event to celebrate the launch of the JDK Foundation and commemorate the beautiful life of Julianna.
The event will be filled with experiences that create joy and inspire kindness. The afternoon will be filled with jumping castles and gaming experiences, as well as activities Julianna loved like slime making, hair braiding and other crafts and activities. Food trucks will be on site for family, friends and our community to enjoy a bite together.
Families will also be welcomed to paint rocks with images and messages of kindness. A tree will be planted on site in memory of Julianna and there will be an opportunity to leave rocks at the base of the tree, where over time, these messages of kindness will be shared and distributed randomly through our communities as a reminder to spread joy and be kind to one another.
The funds raised through this event and your generosity will directly benefit a new family camp program at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre called Camp Kindness, inspired by the memory and spirit of Julianna.
Please consider making a donation toward this campaign to help the JDK Foundation spark joy, create community and make a difference in the lives of grieving children, youth and families.
JUST DO KINDNESS.