By writer to www.bradfordtoday.ca
Hillside Pictures donated a portion of the proceeds from their winter picture periods to offer again to the household of late Bradford teen, Siem Zerezghi
Native Bradford resident Cassidy Hilliard, skilled photographer and proprietor of Hillside Pictures, just lately did a collection of mini winter picture periods over the vacations and donated a portion of the proceeds to Siem Zerezghi’s household. Siem handed away final October after leaving his home early on a Saturday morning and by no means returned. His physique was discovered virtually per week later in a close-by pond.
Annually, Hillside Photogrpahy donates to an area charity or trigger within the City of Bradford. This 12 months, Hilliard determined to make her annual donation to the Zerezghi household.
“I couldn’t think about this taking place to my household,” expresses Hilliard, who has two youngsters and a step-son who is similar age as Siem was. “I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll say it once more, Bradford is a household by itself… whether or not you’ve lived right here your complete life like I’ve, otherwise you’ve moved right here… Bradfordians assist each other.”
Hilliard had 27 households join her winter photoshoot periods with $50 from every session donated again to the Zerezghi household. Periods have been held on the Pumphouse Gardens on Pumphouse Highway, Bradford.
Maria Da Costa, proprietor of Pumphouse Gardens, rented the property to Hilliard for her photoshoots and donated $25 from the charge of every session again to the Zerezghi household as properly.
In whole, $2,025 was raised for the household; $625 from Da Costa and $1,350 from Hilliard.
“What occurred, it touched each single particular person on this city… it was actually arduous,” shares Da Costa. “It was our pleasure to have the ability to assist in such a small manner… our household is simply glad we will help in any manner.”
What began in late October as a lacking individuals case, resulted in tragedy after the neighborhood had spent days trying to find Siem, solely to find his physique in a pond off eighth Line and Professor Day Drive.
Because the household continues to grieve, the neighborhood continues to step up and assist assist them any manner they will. Siem left behind his three sisters – Ruta, Genet, and Danait – and his mom and father, Kedesan and Andmariam.
“Thanks a lot to everybody, the neighborhood, thanks,” says Andmariam, Siem’s Father.
Siem’s sister, Denait added that the neighborhood has been very supportive and famous the generosity from Peter Reali of Reali’s No Frills in Bradford who helped the household with groceries over the vacations.
Hilliard’s oldest daughter, Emma, went to high school with Siem, and related inside the identical circle of buddies, who have been all significantly affected by the devastating loss.
“Emma was heartbroken,” shares Hilliard. “We wished to do one thing to assist assist the household… it’s the least I can do for one more Bradford household.”
Hilliard and her daughter have been amongst many Bradford residents who actively searched fields outdoors their residence on the lookout for Siem.
That is Hilliard’s fifth fundraiser from her photoshoot periods. Her final donation within the fall went to native teen Daleyn MacIsaac who is on the lookout for a kidney donor as she battles a uncommon autoimmune illness.
“… as a city, we have to assist one another, it’s the one manner we will all work collectively and be the most effective.” expresses Hilliard.
Hilliard has been doing pictures for over seven years and began with small photoshoots only for family and friends earlier than launching the enterprise full time.
She is planning for a Mom’s Day photoshoot session and shall be internet hosting extra fundraisers over the approaching months.
“I’m simply attempting to do my half and proceed to make Bradford a spot folks take pleasure in and see as a neighborhood that can all the time assist its folks no mater what,” shares Hilliard. “I’ll proceed to assist Bradford households going by arduous occasions as a lot as I can.”
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