An online fundraiser has been launched to place a memorial bench in the favourite hiking spot of a Thompson Rivers University employee who was struck and killed by a pickup truck while in a crosswalk earlier this month.
Marnie Storie is hoping to raise $2,800 in the GoFundMe campaign and wants to place the bench in Kenna Cartwright Park in honour of TRU academic advisor Lucy Phua.
Phua, 54, died on Nov. 15 when she hit by a left-turning truck while crossing McGill T at University Drive, near the Landmark condo development, just before 5:30 p.m.
“Dear Lucy, as a friend, co-worker and advisor, you touched the lives of so many across Kamloops and beyond. Your kind heartedness, caring and adventurous spirit made you a joy to work and spend time with,” Storie wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“Your zest to explore and experience life and culture in Canada has inspired us to erect a memorial bench in your honour.”
The fundraiser has been live for three days and has accumulated nearly $400 as of Friday (Nov. 29) afternoon.