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Former neighbour of US school shootings to raise funds at Stithians

By WBNews  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

Sandy Hook Elementary School courtyard

Sandy Hook Elementary School courtyard

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A FUNDRAISING event in Stithians on Saturday (Jan 12) aims to support families affected by last month's shootings at a school in the United States.

Twenty six people, including 18 young children, died when Ryan Lanza, who later shot himself, launched his attack at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Saturday morning's fundraiser has been organised by Margo Standley, who said: "I live in Stithians but I'm from Easton, Connecticut, just 20 minutes from Newtown.

"As you can imagine, it's been nothing short of heart wrenching watching the news and learning of this hideous event.

"Having felt helpless for days, I have decided to organise a fundraising event for the families of Sandy Hook, to help pay for funeral costs and anything that may help allow them to get through this immensely difficult time.

"Newtown is a typical, peaceful and picturesque New England town with a community not unlike mine here in Stithians."

The fundraising event is being held at Stithians Village hall from 10am until noon.

"I hope Cornish people will come and show their support for a tragedy that is far too close to home for me," added Mrs Standley.

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  • josdave  |  January 07 2013, 3:41PM

    Charity begins at home and I don't expect any US fund raisers for shootings in this country even if they are very rare. As has been said the money raised would be better used for children in this country rather than one in which the sale of guns goes up after a tragedy like that. While there may be a case for a householder to own a handgun for defence there is no excuse for anybody to own a machine gun and the use of these would be banned if the NRA did not have such a powerful lobby in the US. These tragedies are in part down to the ineffectual US governments and it is up to them to do something.

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  • elfa66  |  January 07 2013, 12:06PM

    I expect there are a few people in Stithians who would benefit from a fundraising event during these hard times. It was a terrible tragedy in the US, but until they control the sale of weapons, these cases are going to happen again.

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