You can hear a smile in Jillian Funke’s voice whenever she talks about Scott Jones.
Funke, 28, said she’s been friends with Jones since the pair grew up in New Glasgow. She’s organized a fundraiser with Queen Street shops this Friday to do “something positive” for Jones while he recovers from the stabbing which left him paralyzed below the waist.
“You sit around wringing your hands for so long, and you just need to do something,” Funke said Wednesday.
Following the stabbing attack early Saturday, which severed his spinal cord, Jones is in critical but stable condition at the QEII.
Funke and Andie Bulman, Jones’s friend and owner of The Attic: Vintage and Vinyl store, decided to throw “Scott Jones day on Queen” this Friday where the shops would accept donations for the trust fund set up by Jones’s family.
“They’re all like the cool kind of stores he’s into,” Funke said about Put Me On, Elsie’s, Encore, Makenew, and The Attic.
Lululemon on Spring Garden Road also agreed to put out a donation jar for Jones.
“They’re huge, so it’s awesome,” Funke said. She said his family has been overwhelmed by support since the incident, and there’s “never a lack of people in the waiting room” at the hospital.
“Once you meet him, he’s your friend,” Funke said. “Everybody’s pretty much fighting over who gets to love him the most,” she added with a laugh.
Funke said all of the donations, as well as 50 per cent of all Friday’s sales from The Attic, go towards Jones’s rehabilitation and other expenses. People can also visit www.supportscottjones.com.
“His life’s going to change a lot,” Funke said. “We just don’t want him to have to worry about money... but nobody’s more positive than Scott, he’s got such a happy outlook on life.”