1:30 a.m., May 9)
Cairine Wilson students outdo themselves yet again
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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.
Gunning won the individual fundraising prize, her group,
Team Heart, came a few dollars short of winning the team
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
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
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
a big honour to be the Dream Team. It's an amazing achievement
and we're all really proud of what we accomplish."
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.
the years the students at Cairine Wilson have raised over
$750,000 in the fight against cancer.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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