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Rinelle Harper inspires fundraiser

$13,000 already raised to help family pay rent for a year

Rinelle Harper and her family have been through a lot. And just this month, her childhood home on Garden Hill First Nation burned to the ground.

The teen has been an inspiration, bouncing back with resilience after she was attacked, sexually assaulted and left for dead under a bridge in Winnipeg last November. Her family has been living in Winnipeg since the attack, and she has been outspoken about promoting respect and forgiveness.

Harper’s resilience, and the continuing trials and tribulations her family has endured, had an impact on Jessica Woolford, who started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Harper family. Within a few days, the fundraiser met and surpassed its goal of $13,000.

“Rinelle Harper needs a stable place to continue to heal and her family needs a break,” Woolford wrote on the GoFundMe website. “Taking to heart Rinelle's call for love, kindness and respect, I've started this campaign with the idea of providing the Harper family a year's worth of rent in the hope that they can get back on their feet.”

She’s since increased the monetary goal to $15,000.

To find out more, or to donate to Rinelle Harper’s family, visit www.gofundme.com/HelpRinelleHarper.

Photo source: CBC.ca

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