In her life Amanda Todd suffered at the hands of bullies who stalked her and harassed her, in an ordeal that started in cyberspace and spilled into the schoolyard.
Before she died at the age of 15, Amanda created a video telling of her painful experiences in the hope of saving other youths such suffering.
"I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong," Amanda wrote.
Her dream of helping kids is being carried on in the Amanda Todd Legacy, established by her family. This initiative will raise money for anti-bullying education and for support programs to help young people with mental health problems.
Despite growing awareness about the potentially devastating consequences of bullying, advocates working to combat the problem say they're badly in need of financial support.
The Todd family knows Amanda would want to help, to see her mission carried on.
"Amanda was a very caring individual. She would help others who needed help," Amanda's mother Carol told the Vancouver Sun. "One of Amanda's goals was to get her message out there and have it used as a learning tool for others."
It is a message that must be heard; a message aimed at ending bullying.
"We as adults have to pay attention to it. We have to recognize when we see it happening, and then once we see it happening we have to address it properly," British Columbia Premier Christy Clark told the Vancouver Sun in an interview following Amanda's death. "I don't believe for a second that anyone who is bullied doesn't want to report the fact that they were bullied; they don't trust that the people to whom they'll report it will use the information in a way that's going to protect them."
As reported by the Vancouver Sun, "In putting together her video, which Amanda did all on her own, Carol said her daughter wanted to help other young people who are being bullied and to bring attention and education to the problem in the hope of seeing it eradicated."
"I have lost one child but know she wanted her story to save 1,000 more."
The Todd family has created two funds to keep Amanda's caring spirit alive.
Please select which fund you would like to support:
- Amanda's Legacy Fund: If you would like your gift to preserve Amanda's legacy and support generations to come, please select this fund.
- Amanda's Memorial Fund: If you would like your gift to make an impact today on the issues the Todd family wishes to support, please select this fund.
To donate with your credit card, please complete the form below. Alternatively, you can also donate via:
- Phone: Vancouver Foundation at 604.688.2204.
- Cheque: made payable to Vancouver Foundation with "Amanda Todd" in the memo line. Mail to: Vancouver Foundation, 200 - 475 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9
- Charitable tax receipts will be issued via mail for all gifts of $25 or more.
- We are unable to accept cash donations. Please make you donation via credit card or cheque (see above for details).
- If you require a US tax receipt, please contact Calvin Fong at Vancouver Foundation (contact information below) for more information.
- Unfortunately, Vancouver Foundation is unable to issue tax receipts for gifts made previously to the Royal Bank of Canada trust fund.
If you wish to receive more information about this fund, or have any questions about Vancouver Foundation, please contact Calvin Fong at Calvin.Fong@vancouverfoundation.ca
In order to properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund holder unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form. Please note - all donations to this fund will be permanently endowed.
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