11:30 a.m., May 20)
CW Relay for Life raises over $83K for Canadian Cancer
By Fred Sherwin
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 school
spirit as evident by the schools annual Relay for
Life event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
two-thirds of the student body took part in this year's
event, the most ever, and collectively they raised over
$83,300, surpassing last years record amount of
$75,400 by almost $8,000. They were joined by 55 students
from Henry Larsen Elementary School which is a feeder
school to CW.
the second year in a row the schools top fundraiser
was Emily Gunning, who managed to raise $2,925, which
is exactly $1,000 more than she raised last year. The
Grade 10 student dedicated her efforts to her grandparents
who both succumbed to cancer in early 2015.
goal was to beat my total last year by a thousand dollars
so I really pushed hard in the last few days to do it,
said Gunning, who plans to start earlier and push harder
to raise even more money next year.
efforts helped lift Team Awesome to a grand total of $5,171.75,
giving them the top spot in the team fundraising competition
ahead of Team Die Bratwurste which raised $2,670, led
by Sarah McHugh.
in past years, this years Relay for Life was held
on the Navan Fairgrounds from 12 noon until midnight.
The event was kicked off by cancer survivors who did one
lap around the course before being joined by students
who lost loved ones to cancer, and finally the rest of
special guest speaker at the opening ceremony was Josh
Styles, the son of the late Max Keeping, who spoke about
his father's battle with castle and the importance of
this year's theme -- "Live Life to the Max".
of the highlights of the Relay is the lighting of the
luminaires at dusk in honour of the victims of cancer.
The glowing paper bag lanterns completely encircle the
course, illuminating the walkers as they pass by.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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