MONCTON – Support has poured in for an education fund to help the families of the three fallen RCMP officers, and it has the widows of the officers saying thanks.
Angela Gevaudan, Rachael Ross and Nadine Larche spoke to Global News Thursday after hearing about a fundraiser to support the RCMP Moncton Educational Trust Fund.
The fund will ensure the educational needs of the six children of Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche will be met.
“We’re all very grateful,” said Gevaudan. “It was a priority for all of our husbands, to ensure that our children had a proper education and this will insure that.”
Casino New Brunswick will host an entertainment dinner in September, with all the proceeds going toward the trust fund.
“It’s all very touching because you know that someone’s taken the time to think of you and send you positive thoughts and that’s what we need right now,” she said.
Ross says the support from around the world is helping the families get through an incredibly difficult time.
“I think we’re all very grateful and very humbled by the support,” she said.
“We have our ups and downs and live moment by moment at this time.”
Nadine Larche says the fund will help her girls realize their dreams.
“All my girls want to be officers and part-time RCMP members,” she said. “The funds will definitely help support my girls and Dave’s and Fab’s children.”
The mother of three says they’re taking it day by day, but they know how proud their husbands would be to see the outpouring of support.
“They would want us to be well-taken care of and our children to be well taken care of and educated to their full potential,” Larche said.
Fundraiser slated for September
A fundraising dinner and silent auction will be held on Sept. 10 with all proceeds going toward the RCMP Moncton Educational Trust Fund.
Tickets for the event, which will start at 6:30 p.m. in The Centre at Casino New Brunswick, will go on sale beginning Aug. 8.
Individual seats will sell for $125 each while a table for 10 will get a discount, selling for $1,000.
There are also options to sponsor the event, with four tiers ranging in price from $1,000 to $10,000.
Tickets can be purchased at the Casino New Brunswick gift shop, online at Ticketbreak.com or by phone at (866) 943-8849.
Information on sponsorship and donations for the silent auction can be obtained by calling Craig DeMarta, the general manager of Casino New Brunswick, at (506) 861-4600.
With files from Global’s Brion Robinson