10:30 a.m., May 4)
Wilson 'Relay for Life' blows fundraising goal out of
By Fred Sherwin
Members of the Dream Team, including Megan
Bryson (bottom row, second from the right)
raised over $7,900 during Carine Wilson's
Relay for Life.. Fred Sherwn/Photo
students at Cairine Wilson Secondary School started fundraising
for the school's annual Relay for Life event, the organizers
were hoping to beat last year's total of $61,000 a one
or two thousand dollars.
thanks to the efforts of the students, and especially
the graduating class, they not only topped last year's
total, they blew it clean out of the water, raising over
$71,750 in the continuing fight against cancer.
the way in the fundriaising department for the fourth
straight year was a group of Grade 12 students known as
the Dream Team who raised over $7,900, $2,900 of which
was raised by team leader Megan Bryson who shocked even
herself by doubling the amount she raised last year.
is my last year at Cairine so I wanted to go out on a
high. My family helped out a lot, they really came through
for me," said Bryson who had an additional motive
in raising the amount she did. "There was a Grade
9 student who was pretty close to me and I wasn't going
to let a Grade 9 beat me."
than 450 students took part in this year's Relay which
was held at the Navan Farigrounds on Friday. Another 50
students joined in from Sacred Heart High School, which
wants to organize a similar event next year, and a group
of Grade 5-8 students from nearby Heritage School raised
$245 selling luminarias.
Bryson, who is graduating in June, this year's Relay was
probably going to cry on the last lap," admitted
Bryson, who has personally raised nearly $6,000 during
her four years at the school. "Of all the things
I'm involved in at Carine, this has always been my favourite
motivation in raising money for the Relay goes far beyond
the social and philanthropic aspect of the event. Her
father died of cancer when she was just seven years old
and two of her grandparents died from the disease.
in years past, the Relay was kicked off with an opening
lap led by cancer survivors and those who are still going
through treatment. The ceremonial lap gives the survivors
a chance to thank the students and remind them why they're
doing what they're doing. And with peers like Bryson and
the rest of this year's graduating class showing the way
and acting as an example to the younger students, the
event is in good hands for years to come.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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