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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 4)
Cairine Wilson 'Relay for Life' fundraiser reaches new heights

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cairine Wilson 'Relay for Life' participanr Jamie Loh gets taken for a ride by teammates ted Buist and Leah Mills.. Fred Sherwin/Photo


For 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.

This 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.

The 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/

The event was kicked off with testimonials given by cancer survivors and others whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The 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.

Co-organizer 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.

"In 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."

The "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.

"It's 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."

This 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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