Friends and supporters start ‘abuloy’ thru Go Fund Me
By Ted Alcuitas
“It’s very hard to accept that the only box we are waiting for now would contain her remains,” says the son of Lucia Velasco who died last Tuesday (March 8, 2016) in a car-pedestrian accident in east Vancouver.
The 51-year old Velasco was crossing 41st and Kerr at 9:30 in the evening after coming home from work.
Friends have started a Go Fund Me ‘abuloy’ to help raise funds for her family in the Philippines and bring her body home.
Donors can go the Go Fund Me website at (https://www.gofundme.com/uytexgt8 ).
The native of Baguio City came to Canada three years ago to work as a Live-in caregiver and was just waiting for her permanent residency approval to sponsor her husband and a son.
“She wanted to come home and see us but she was putting it on hold until her sponsorship is finalized and she can come pick them up. Just recently, she told us she’ll be sending a box for us and to wait for it,” according to a post in the Go Fund Me website (https://www.gofundme.com/uytexgt8).
“Things were starting to look up for her, for our family. She was just waiting for her permanent residency this year. Her dream of bringing my father and brother to Canada were on the tip of her fingers. It’s very hard to accept that the only box we are waiting for now would contain her remains. In a blink of an eye, our mother, our best friend and confidant, our provider, the glue that binds us together, our angel, was called back to heaven.”
Vancouver Police said Velasco was hit by two cars and was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers remained at the scene.