Bryson Oct. 27, 2023
Giant Tiger and the Bryson Lionettes will be holding a fundraiser dinner this weekend to generate financial support for Shelley Martineau, a Clarendon resident who is battling cancer.
“She’s fighting the battle of her life,” said Shelley’s sister, Cheryl Martineau.
“Everyone in the community knows her,” said Cheryl. “She’s one of these people that will just drop everything and help out anyone else.”
Martineau, 53, has battled cancer before.
She was diagnosed for the second time in early 2022, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Cheryl said that Shelley is not currently able to work, and so any contribution of financial support is a huge help.
“It means so much to us as a family, the outpouring from the community. That’s something that’s hard to find today,” Cheryl said.
“Pontiac is the place for it,” she added. “I tell you, It’s a great, great, great community.”
Martineau was a valued employee at Giant Tiger in Shawville for 26 years.
“We [staff at Giant Tiger] all wanted to do something for her, and thought this was the best way to raise money,” said owner and manager Brandyn Gauthier.
“We’re a small community, and we’re a family here. We’ve got to take care of our family,” he said.
Gauthier spoke highly of Martineau as an employee. The two worked together for three years, and according to Gauthier, had a “very good” relationship.
“She always knew what she was doing, she came to work, she did her job, and she was great with the customers,” he said.
Gauthier added that he hopes the fundraiser will raise enough money that Martineau might enjoy Christmas this year, “without having to worry about anything.”
The spaghetti supper will be held at the Bryson Lion’s Hall on Nov. 4 from 4-7 p.m.
Tickets to the fundraiser dinner are $10 per person, and are available for advance purchase at Giant Tiger in Shawville, or at the door on Saturday evening.
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