Baskets benefit food bank

Sooke resident Karen Wormald raised $900 for the Sooke Food Bank.

Registered massage therapist Karen Wormald dropped off $900 in donations for the Sooke Food Bank after selling baskets filled with massage gift certificates and toiletries in the memory of her nephew Carl James Beshara (pictured right)

A beautiful pair of shoes owned by a generous soul walked into the office of the Sooke News Mirror last week to donate funds to the Sooke Food Bank.

Sooke resident Karen Wormald raised $900 by creating and selling baskets at the Energy Health Clinic in Langford, where she works as a registered massage therapist. The baskets contained $140 gift certificate for massage plus toiletries, and are being sold for $100 each.

Along with her talented colleagues Carly Felton and Alisha Winder, Wormald compiled and sold her baskets.

This project is done in memoriam, in the spirit of celebrating one life and giving to others.

Last year, Wormald lost her 30-year-old nephew, Carl James Beshara, to a motorcycle accident. Beshara was a generous, joyous and kind man. His generosity was continued in death when his organs were donated. With a tear in her eye and a slight smile on her face, Wormald recalls the list of organs included “one slightly-used liver.” His heart, lungs, pancreas, and kidneys also found their way to new owners. The letter from B.C. Transplant sums it up nicely: “Please take consolation in the knowledge that six people are alive today because of this gift of life.”

Wormald aspires to retain Beshara’s memory and celebrate his joy of life by continuing to give in his name. Having read the article in the Sooke News Mirror about the high need at the Sooke Food Bank, Wormald opted to raise funds for them, and challenges other business to see what they can do to foster a strong community.