Student philanthropy alive and well in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
snapchatting, Internet surfing, YouTube watching younger
generation is often criticized for being lazy, apathetic
and self-absorbed, but a couple of events this past week
St. Peter High School in Fallingbrook, students raided
their parents pantries, cupboards and refrigerators
to pilfer whatever items that could find for the schools
the time the drive wrapped up, they had amassed over 31,000
items for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource
Centre foodbank, as well as more than $2,000 in cash donations
and gift cards.
terms of the food items, it averages out to more than
15 items per student.
students and staff at St. Petes have been conducting the
annual food drive since 1997 and it has been an absolute
godsend for the foodbank which has come to count on the
drive to keep its shelves stalked during the summer months.
the schools contribution, the foodbank would be
hard-pressed to meet the communitys needs.
important fundraising event that took place last week
was Cairine Wilson Secondary Schools 12-hour Relay
for Life which generated over $81,000 for the Canadian
Cancer Society. The number is impressive enough on its
own, but when you realize Cairine Wilson has less than
800 students, or about one-third that of St. Petes, it
is truly awe-inspiring.
impressive fundraising events are held at every high school
in the east end organized, managed and supported
by the students and none of them get much credit for it,
especially in the media which is too busy reporting on
the odd transgression and malfeasance perpetrated by a
small minority of youth, rather than the many initiatives
which have a direct and positive impact on our community.
and the community at large would be a lot worse off without
the selfless and generous contributions of our students,
and for that we should all be tremendously grateful.
12:30 p.m., May 20)
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