8:30 a.m., May 4)
Wilson 'Relay for Life' fundraiser reaches new heights
By Fred Sherwin
the past 10 years the students and staff at Cairine Wilson
Secondary have organized a "Relay for Life"
to raise money for cancer research -- and with each that
passes they've always managed to out do themselves.
Cairine Wilson 'Relay for Life' participanr
Jamie Loh gets taken for a ride by teammates
ted Buist and Leah Mills.. Fred Sherwin/Photo
year was no exception. After the last dollar was counted,
the 350 students who took pairt managed to raise more
than $60,000, or about $172 per person.
record fundraising effort is a testament to the Wildcat
spirit that permeated the Navan Fairgrounds on Friday
as the students walked, played games and generally had
an awesome time for 12 hours straight/
event was kicked off with testimonials given by cancer
survivors and others whose lives have been touched by
top fundraisers were also recognized for their efforts.
The top team this year was the .World Records which raised
$5,188. The top individual fundraiser was Grade 11 student
Meghan Bryson who raised $1,375. Rae Woodhouse came a
close second with $1,123.
Colleen Dupuis-Strong credits the labour dispute, which
prevented teachers from participating in extra-curricular
activities for the first ha;f of the school year, for
mobilizing and motivating the students, staff and parents
to raise the bar over the $60,000 mark.
terms of parent involvement this is the best yet,"
said Dupuis-Strong/ "(The labour dispute) brought
the students, staff and parents together. It just seemed
to mold everyone into one big team."
"Relay for Life" is the biggest fundraiser on
Cairine Wilson's school calendar. It's the one event that
brings students together, no matter what Grade they are
in, or whar their outside interests are.
the one event everyone looks forward to. The students
take it on and just do it. And the survivors are so appreciative,"
said Dupuis-Strong. "They're the reason why we do
this. It's really all about them."
year/'s event was also blessed with amazing weather. In
fact, it's the first rain-free Relay in 10 years. The
Navan Lions also played a key role in once again organizing
the barbeque and canteen for all the participants.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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