It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Demal Graham, our friend, colleague, and ArtReach grantee. Demal was a devoted father, son, and brother, and an active member of the Malvern Community, who never missed an opportunity to run a joke with a neighbour or help a friend. On Sunday July 23rd, 2017, Demal fell victim to a horrible act of gun violence.
In 2015, ArtReach had the privilege of funding Demal's program, New Track, a project that engaged youth from the Malvern community to become positive leaders. Through New Track, Demal was able to teach youth ways to express their feelings and emotions using music, develop teamwork and leadership skills, learn ways to practice self care and healing, raise awareness of the impacts of violence on mental health, and the life-changing effects of positive mentorship. Over 200 youth were impacted by New Track in the three months the program ran.
You can support the family by showing them how our community stands with them during the most painful time in their lives. By contributing to Demal's Fund you will be making it easier for his mother, sisters, and daughter by alleviating some of the financial pressure and allowing them to focus on navigating the complicated and painful times to come. Please donate here.