I was very much saddened after watching the news of the passing of Violet Large on CBC “Inspiring Lottery Winner Dies“.
Violet is a true inspiration to anyone who has heard her story. Here is an excerpt from The Chronicle Herald (emphasis added),
“A Nova Scotian woman whose tale of generosity touched millions around the world has died.
Violet Large, 79, died Saturday in Colchester Regional Hospital after a battle with ovarian cancer.
The Lower Truro woman and her husband Allen Large became household names not for their July 2010 lottery win, but for what they did with the millions they received.
Despite the windfall, the retired couple continued to drive their old car and truck, and lived comfortably in their 147-year-old farmhouse.
And they gave away almost all of the $11.2 million they received.
“What you’ve never had, you never miss,” Violet told The Chronicle Herald in November.
The couple quietly donated to hospitals in Truro and Halifax where Violet, who had been diagnosed with cancer a few months before the win, underwent treatment. They also gave to family members, churches, cemeteries, fire departments, the Victorian Order of Nurses, the home and school association, Red Cross, SPCA, War Amps and many other organizations.
The couple wouldn’t say how much they donated to each group, but they kept giving until there was nothing left but a small percentage — about two per cent — to keep their home running.“