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Bubble funeral procession planned for Kelowna toddler fatally struck by car

A picture of Gaige and his father, Mark Banman, from the GoFundMe.
April 24, 2020 - 8:27 AM

The family of the Kelowna toddler who was fatally struck by a car last week has invited the community to take part in a send-off for the little boy.

Gaige Banman died April 19 and the family is reaching out to their neighbours to join them in bringing home their son, following a private funeral they're having this Sunday.

“The Banman family encourages and would appreciate anyone who is able to attend to line McCurdy Road (while social distancing) and blow bubbles for Gaige as the funeral procession passes,” Victoria Sweetman wrote in a Facebook post.

The procession will take place at around 3:30 p.m. April 26.

The Banman family will leave bubbles available at the 500 block of McCurdy Road for those that do not have their own and wish to take part.

“We as a community are blessed to be asked to participate in such a touching display of love for little Gaige who just adored bubbles,” Sweetman said.

Those who live further away are asked to take part from home.

"Should you prefer, please take some time to blow some bubbles from your home in honour of Gaige Banman on Sunday afternoon," Sweetman said.

Banman said that the family would love to see photos posted on this event page if you choose to honour Gaige from home.

Just after 2:45 p.m. April 19 the one-and-a-half year old was struck by a car in the 500 block of McCurdy Road.

On Wednesday, hundreds of doorsteps around Kelowna and beyond were brightened with the warm glow of a candle as people expressed their support for the family.

A GoFundMe has more than doubled its $7,500 goal.

To donate go to the 'Raising money for Gaige Banman’s family' GoFundMe page go here.

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