This weekend (Oct. 8-9), Ladysmith’s TNT Tattoos will be fundraising in memory of Isabelle Mernickle-Holmgren, a seven-year-old Cedar girl who drowned at Westwood Lake last year.
Kay Stegmuller, the shop’s owner, along with artist Kevin Sheill will be offering their services at half cost, $75 per hour, with 100 per cent of the proceeds to benefit the Nanaimo Community Hospice House.
Stegmuller, a close family friend, said the organization has stepped up to the plate to assist Isabelle’s mom Courtney, and the family since the tragedy occurred.
“It’s a way to give back to them for helping her out,” he said.
If you’re not in the mood for a good inking, there are other ways to donate. The Kinsmen will be on site with hot dogs, burgers and other goodies and there will be a silent auction held in the shop at 6 p.m. both days. TNT will also be holding a pool tournament, for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to TNT Tattoos. Buy-in is $20.
Mernickle-Holmgren was attending a day camp when she was pulled out of the water unconscious at Westwood lake on August 13, 2010. Shortly after, TNT held a similar fundraiser and was able to raise $5,000 for the family in two days.
“I’d like to meet it or beat that this year, if possible,” Stegmuller said.
Stegmuller described Isabelle as a typical young seven year old girl; happy and energetic.
“She was very smart, and really enjoyed life,” he said. “It was a loss for everybody.”
The fundraiser runs 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., October 8 and 9. For more information, contact the TNT shop at 250-924-8287.