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(Posted 1:30 a.m., May 9)
Cairine Wilson students outdo themselves yet again
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Brittany Love (left) and Emily Gunning were amomg the 380 Cairine Wilson Secondary School students who participated in this year's Relay for Life. Fred Sherwin/Photo

With less than 800 students, Cairine Wilson Secondary School is the smallest high school in Orléans. But what they lack in numbers they more than make up for in spirit as evident by the school's annual Relay for Life campaign in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Nearly half of the student body took part in this year's event, and collectively they raised over $75,400, beating last year's record amount of $71,750 by more than $3,000.

This year's top fundraiser was Grade 9 student Emily Gunning who dedicated her efforts to her grandparents, both of whom passed away this year.

"When I was given the opportunity to participate in this event I really wanted to give back and was very motivated to raise money and make a change," said Gunning, who was a member of the 40-student strong organizing committee.

While Gunning won the individual fundraising prize, her group, Team Heart, came a few dollars short of winning the team competition.

This year's Dream Team was Magic School Bus which managed to raise $6,800, thanks largely to single donor who contributed $2,000 to the cause. The second place team was Hell's Kitchen which raised $5,500. Team Heart came in a close third.

The Magic School Bus team was made up entirely of Grade 12 students, including this year's Relay for Life co-chair Brittany Love who admitted Team Heart, which was made up entirely of Grade 9 students, gave them a run for their money.

"The Grade 9s were super close to us and everything was on the website, so we could see them climbing and see us climbing. We really pushed hard at the end," said Love.

"It's a big honour to be the Dream Team. It's an amazing achievement and we're all really proud of what we accomplish."

As 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 their fundraising efforts are so important.

Over the years the students at Cairine Wilson have raised over $750,000 in the fight against cancer.

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

 

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