Friends of the owner of Amir Bakery have started a Go Fund Me Page to help him financially as he heals from a tragedy that has shocked the country.
Amir Pasavand lost his wife, Ayeshe Pourghaderi and his daughter, Fatemeh Pasavand in the Ukranian plane crash that Iran claims was unintentionally shot down by its missiles.
The tragedy claimed the life of 138 people, 57 of whom were Canadians.
The Go Fund Me page was set up by Amir Tavangar, one of the shareholders at Saman Bakery in North Vancouver.
“As a father and bakery operator I feel the pain, pressure, stress and hopelessness that, Amir, the owner of Amir Bakery, is going through after losing his wife and daughter on the plane crash,” Tavangar says.
Tavanger is urging the community to donate to the fundraiser so Amir can deal with financial issues before he can find the courage to focus on his work again.
“He has to pay his employees, rent for both his shop and house as well as plenty other bills upon his return from his family’s funeral,” Tavanger says.
“I hope to see your support on this journey and ease this pain. It doesn’t have to be financial support, sharing this would be as valuable as donation.”
The Canadian Iranian Foundation has also started a fundraiser to help the families of the victims of the tragedy that claimed the life of 57 Canadians of Iranian origin, seven from the North Shore.
Nassreen Filsoof, the president of the foundation, said they hope to raise $100,000 for the family members of the victims.
“We have a lot of families going back to Iran to identify the bodies, and there are flight and accommodation costs. We want to raise these funds so we can help them in any way possible during this very trying time,” she says.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Government is demanding that Iran assumes full responsibility for the downing of flight PS752 and recognizes its duties towards the families of the victims and other parties – including compensation.