Fundraising for Brooke continues with successful penny drive

The community of Fernie is stepping up to help Brooke Malakoff, and her family, as she continues her battle with cancer.

From left: MJ Andreola and Sumiko Luznar were just two of many volunteers who came into The Free Press office to help roll the 62

The community of Fernie is stepping up to help Brooke Malakoff, and her family, as she continues her battle with cancer.

The Free Press held a penny drive and book sale throughout the month of October. A whopping 314 pounds of pennies were collected and rolled,  raising $1,650.

Friends of Brooke teamed up with the Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre on Saturday to host a garage sale that fundraised $1,500. With the help of the Fernie Bottle Depot, a recent bottle drive contributed $600 to Brooke, and with support from Overwaitea, a hot dog sale raised another $750.

With all of the efforts so far, $4,500 has been raised throughout the community to support Brooke and her family. Coming up on Saturday, November 24, a Bake Sale will be held at the Christmas Craft and Bake Fair at the Fernie Community Centre. Baking contributions will be gladly accepted from anyone who would like to contribute. All of the proceeds will be shared between Brooke and Payton Caravetta, who recently lost her mom to cancer.

A trust fund has been set up at the Fernie CIBC in Brooke’s name. Anyone who would like to make a deposit can visit their local CIBC branch.