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(Posted 11:30 a.m., May 13)
Cairine Wilson students raise $90,000 for Cancer Society
By Mike Beasley

The 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 for Life.

The one-day event was a clear demonstration of what a group of inspired high school students can achieve when they work together.

Cancer 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

This 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 year’s effort was expected to add an additional $90,000 to that total.

“The 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.”

The Relay for Life runs for 12 hours from noon and until midnight. This year’s 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.

Every 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.

For 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.

“My family has been impacted by cancer in the past; we recently lost an uncle to the disease,” said Gunning. “I’ve 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.”

The 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 student’s philanthropic skills were going to great use.

“I 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. “I’m very proud of the student body at Cairine Wilson.”

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


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