ST. ANTHONY, NL – After losing her sister to cancer in February, a St. Anthony woman hopes to honour and continue her sibling’s charitable spirit.
Shawna Reardon is organizing Project Amanda at the St. Anthony Lions Club on Sunday, Dec. 17, sharing chilli, soup, sandwiches and dessert as a way for the community to remember Amanda Patey-Swinimer.
Patey-Swiminer, who was born in St. Anthony, began Project Matthew in Halifax, N.S. to provide the city’s homeless with jackets, boots, hats and much more.
With a friend she met during her cancer treatments, she worked passionately for the project up until her passing.
“She kept pushing on, but she was much too sick to go (to Halifax) the last year,” said Reardon. “But she still made the chilli and did all she could.”
The project has since been renamed Project Amanda and continues in Nova Scotia.
Reardon decided her sister’s legacy needed to continue in her hometown as well.
“My brother’s out there (in Halifax) this weekend and he’s going to help,” Reardon said. “I felt like I needed to do something here.”
Reardon’s event in St. Anthony also encourages donations to the Kids Eat Smart program.
She hopes the local Project Amanda will also become a yearly event.
“We’re hoping it will be an annual thing,” she said. “Maybe next year we’ll add to it, start off small and see where it goes.”
The event takes place from 11-1 p.m. and all community members are encouraged to come out.