Carcross residents fundraise for injured woman

Carcross residents have collaborated to raise money for one of their own. Dan Kemble recruited his friend, the well-known Whitehorse artist Jim Robb, to lend a helping hand when he heard about a popular resident's accident.

Carcross residents have collaborated to raise money for one of their own.

Dan Kemble recruited his friend, the well-known Whitehorse artist Jim Robb, to lend a helping hand when he heard about a popular resident’s accident.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, suffered a serious head injury while volunteering at an event in Whitehorse a few months ago.

Kemble, who has known the woman for many years, said she has a supportive family and a large network of friends in Carcross.

While chatting with Robb, a plan was devised to raise funds for the woman.

Kemble put together a beautiful wood frame while Robb provided a sketch and a numbered print.

The artwork is being auctioned off and is on display at the Caribou Crossing Coffee shop in Carcross until the end of November.

Kemble said he believes the piece of contemporary art will generate much interest among Yukoners.

“It’s set in a frame that’s neither straight nor professional, made of wood salvaged from the steam engine Duchess by a struggling local woodworker – me,” he wrote in a letter.

“Proceeds from the sale of ‘Ghosts’ will be added to those raised at a recent event to assist a special popular young lady. She’s used to helping others, not being helped.”

In early October, a benefit supper was held in the woman’s honour, too. About 150 people showed up and $400 was raised.

“What goes around comes around … and we hope it helps speed her recovery,” wrote Kemble.

People can bid on the artwork at the coffee shop until Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.

The minimum bid was set at $900 but according to organizers someone has already bid $1,000.

Contact Myles Dolphin at myles@yukon-news.com