Residents asked to light a candle in support of Banman family

Light a candle for little Gaige

Residents of Rutland are asking locals to hold a lit candle on their doorsteps Wednesday night in remembrance of the 18-month-old who died Sunday after being run over by a vehicle.

The 'Candles on doorstep for Gaige Banman' event was created by Facebook group Rutland for Safe Neighbourhoods after one of its members suggested the idea.

"I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to grieve for the loss of a child during these times. Usually under such horrible circumstances the community would come out and support those grieving with flowers and candle light vigils," wrote group member and event initiator Victoria Graham Sweetman. 

"It is so sad that we can't show this type of support at this time. I'm thinking of Gaige Banman's parents and siblings and I'm wondering if they're getting the support that they need and deserve. I'm suggesting that we as the amazing community of Rutland all light a candle for little Gaige Banman tonight at 8 p.m. on our front door step."

She says it would be a nice way to show the family community support, aside from the GoFundMe page which has now raised $16,000 - more than double the original goal of $7,500. 

Residents from other parts of Kelowna and West Kelowna have said they will be participating in tonight's event.

For more information, visit the event page

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