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‘Love and unity’ in times of COVID-19 after Toronto couple passes away

A fundraiser for the family of a Tamil husband and wife who passed away from coronavirus to leave behind three daughters has raised more than $100,000 in what the organisers have called a lesson in the “power of love and unity during this heartbreaking time”.

61-year-old Nagarajah Thesingarajah died in hospital on April 15, just two days after his 56-year-old wife, Pushparani Nagarajah, passed away, as they both became victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

They leave behind their three daughters, Lavanya, Aranya and Thivya, who are between the ages of 19 and 29.

"It's all three of them, knowing their parents are not going to go back home," Nathan Kathirgamanathan, the couple's nephew, said. "They're going through so much pain and mentally they are really confused."

"It's sad that they had to go, but there's a reason why they went together," he added. "Because ever since he's married, I think over 30 years, he took care of her."

Thesingurajah worked part-time delivering the Tamil newspaper "Uthayan" to stores and temples in Toronto and was described as a "perfect gentleman" by his colleagues.

“Together as a community, we have truly learned the power of love and unity during this heartbreaking time,” read a statement on the GoFundMe page that was set up for the family. “We, as Aranya’s friends, would like to take the time to thank each and every individual that has lent a hand to the three children of the Nagarajah family amidst the heavy-hearted grievance of Mr. and Mrs. Nagarajah. It is beautiful to see how far generosity and kindness can go even during a difficult time for all.”

“Anyone looking to donate further, we kindly ask that you donate to any of the many hospitals in the GTA to support our health care workers who are fighting for all our lives,” the page added. “They need you to join the fight.”