Charity fundraiser started in memory of Nirla Sharma

Apr 30 2020, 11:02 am

Nirla Sharma’s family is organizing a charity fundraiser in her memory after the 44-year-old New Westminster woman was found dead this week.

GoFundMe organizer Vanessa Sharma says the campaign’s goal is to raise $300,000 for the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon. It’s a charity that provides accommodation for sick children who travel to Vancouver for treatment at BC Children’s Hospital.

Nirla was “the type of person that would help and be there for you without any hesitation,” Vanessa wrote.

“She would love, support, make you feel like family. Nirla is one of the most hardworking and genuine people that I know. She is also one of the strongest people that I know.”

Nirla left her New Westminster home early one February morning without bringing her things or telling anyone where she was going.  When she didn’t show up for work as expected, a missing person investigation began.

Her body was found on April 26 on the shoreline of the Fraser River. Police say no foul play is suspected, but her cause of death is yet to be determined.