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About Our Auction
On October 24th, 2020 two young ladies were severely burnt as a result of an incident at a friend's bonfire at a cottage near Brinston.
Through someone's bad decision as the girls were standing next to the bonfire for warmth, suddenly it became a nightmare as they they were engulfed in an inferno.
As the flames were extinguished from their flesh, hair, clothing it was realized that an ambulance would not be able to get to them. Cassandra (one of the victims) got all the other victims and herself into her truck and drove them to the nearest hospital (Winchester District Memorial Hospital). Her body remained in shock masking her from the pain long enough to get everyone to the hospital. There Jessica Goodenough was treated for second degree burns to her face, hand, arm and was discharged in the morning. Cassandra was treated for third degree burns on her face, scalp, and was discharged late that day.
The girls travel to and from Ottawa to see a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in trauma burn victims at least once per week. They will be seeing this specialist at least once per week for the foreseeable future. As of today there aren't any operators scheduled and the specialist will be continuing to monitor the girls as to when or if surgeries are required.
Physiotherapy will not be happening until they have healed further and the swelling has subsided.
The girls will need support and therapy to process the trauma they have and will be enduring.
PTSD, anxiety, stress , pain, and depression are all issues we do not want these girls to have to face. We are hoping by getting the message out there, that one reward will be getting a strong support network set up for the girls for the hard years ahead.
Both girls are off of work and there is no way to guess when they will be able to go back to work. They both have family members taking time off of work to take them to appointments, and to help with the round the clock care they both require due to their injuries.
Cassandra Young is an alumni of North Dundas District High School and has been working at Parmalat in Winchester up until this incident. She has lived all her life in Chesterville. Her and her family are always out in support of our communities. Her parents both have small businesses in Chesterville & Winchester.
Jessica Goodenough is an alumni of Seaway District High School and Algonquin College for Office Administration. She was working at Tippen Richardson in Ottawa in their head office. Jess grew up in Williamsburg and Morrisburg. She is currently living in Osgood with her dad to be closer to her numerous appointments.
Travel, parking, meals, medication, bandages, loss of income, etc are all expenses that are piling up and becoming daunting for the girls and their families.
At a time such as this, expenses like this should be the LAST thing they should have to worry about.
Hopefully you will be willing to donate an item to the silent auction to raise funds to help these beautiful souls.
We are also hoping that getting the word out will raise awareness so that an incident such as this NEVER happens to any other person or family.
We truly appreciate you taking the time to consider helping.
We would like to thank you on behalf of Cassandra Young , Jessica Goodenough and their families.
About Bonfire Tragedy
Pickup of auction items will be available Dec. 6th. & 7th . 8th till 4pm , Dec 9th after 1pm
December 10. Please phone ahead to arrange time:
Address for pick up is:
13637 County Road 43,
Payments are to be
via etransfer to: email@example.com
by cash at pick up.