Nevaeh Denine’s funeral draws crowds, motorcade in Goulds

A motorcade procession for Nevaeh Denine preceded the nine-year-old girl’s funeral in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John’s Thursday morning.

The girl’s family asked people heading to the funeral to dress in light colours, instead of sombre black, to celebrate Denine’s life.

Her favourite colours, yellow and purple, have been seen throughout the city since she died on Monday.

Nevaeh Denine, 9, died on Monday. She spent much of her short life fundraising to help sick children like her. (City of St. John’s/Twitter)

In a post on social media, people are also being asked to wear bright colours and hold signs, while lining the street from the Irving gas station in Kilbride to St. Kevin’s Church in the Goulds.

The motorcade left Barrett’s Funeral Home on Hamilton Avenue around 9 a.m., heading to her 10 a.m. funeral at St. Kevin’s Church in Goulds, the town where she grew up. 

A celebration of life is scheduled directly after the funeral at the church hall.

Nevaeh Denine, pictured here when she was 5, wanted to start a lemonade stand as a way of helping other children with cancer.

The girl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma​, a rare form of cancer, when she was two, and spent years fighting her illness.

While undergoing treatments, she started Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand, which was a way for her to raise money to help other sick children to show her appreciation for the way others helped her. 

Through the years, the annual fundraiser turned into a massive community event, with giveaways, concerts, and raised more than $100,000.

The latest lemonade stand fundraiser was just two weeks ago, with Nevaeh leading the charge.

The House of Assembly will be lit up with yellow and purple lights Thursday night as a tribute to Denine. St. John’s City Hall and the Convention Centre were also lit up earlier this week in the girl’s favourite colours.

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Nevaeh Denine’s funeral draws crowds, motorcade in Goulds

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