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(Updated 11:30 a.m., May 20)
CW Relay for Life raises over $83K for Canadian Cancer Society

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 school spirit as evident by the school’s annual Relay for Life event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Nearly 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 year’s 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.

For the second year in a row the school’s 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.

“My 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.

Her 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.

As in past years, this year’s 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 the participants.

The 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".

One 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.

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

 

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