11:30 a.m., May 13)
Wilson students raise $90,000 for Cancer Society
By Mike Beasley
power of fundraising for a worthy cause was recently on
display at the Navan Fairgrounds as students from Cairine
Wilson Secondary School gathered for their annual Relay
one-day event was a clear demonstration of what a group
of inspired high school students can achieve when they
survivors are piped around a lap of honour
to kick-off the Cairine Wilson Secondary School's
Walk for Life on May 12. Stephen MacFadyen/Photo
is year 14 of the fundraising event which raises money
for the Canadian Cancer Society. During the first 13 years,
the student body managed to raise over $635,000. This
years effort was expected to add an additional $90,000
to that total.
school population is 760 students, 506 of them are taking
part in the fund-raiser, says Stephan MacFadyen,
who teaches student success at the school and has been
the event chairman for the past three years. We
even have 100 pupils from Heritage and Henry Larsen, two
of our feeder elementary schools, here with us.
Relay for Life runs for 12 hours from noon and until midnight.
This years theme was Relay of Ages with each 12-member
team dressed in their favourite themes from the past.
One squad was dressed in togas, another sported the caveman
look, while another captured the spirit of the 80s.
participant had to remain on site for the entire 12 hours
and one team member had to be on the track at all times.The
rest of their respective teams were required to participate
in a series of fun activities and games on the infield.
the third year in a row the top fundraiser was Grade 11
student Emily Gunning who managed to collect $3,945. She
also served as captain of her team, Back to the Future,
which raised a whop-ping total of $5,962.50.
family has been impacted by cancer in the past; we recently
lost an uncle to the disease, said Gunning. Ive
been doing this for a couple of years now and I called
on my very generous repeat donors and solicited several
new ones to help reach my total.
event started off with a very touching moment as 28 cancer
survivors were brought on stage and introduced during
the opening ceremonies. That moment proved to MacFadyen
that his students philanthropic skills were going
to great use.
give a lot of credit to all the kids past and present,
who have worked hard to raise funds to make this event
such a success year after year, said MacFadyen.
Im very proud of the student body at Cairine
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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