“We just wanted to raise awareness and raise more funds for the Canadian Cancer Society and feel if the kids know more about it and they are excited about it then they will take that home with them and bring out more parents to the actual relay for life,” said organizer and teacher Diana Carbone.
Students canvassed their family and friends for pledges. In all 20 teams made up of students from the entire school and spearheaded by the Grade 5 and 8 students collected well over their goal of $5,000.
“We exceeded our goal,” Carbone said, “we’re still counting but it’s over $8,000 so that’s great!”
This is the first year the school has held their own mini- Relay for Life.
Raymonde Magli, a teacher at the school says it was great to see the students come together for the cause. “It’s something that touches so many people and it brings it a little bit closer to home,” Magli said. “This is our first annual but we will do this again!”
The annual Relay for Life runs from 7pm to 1am on June 17th at Jo Foreman Track, Queen Elizabeth Field.
The day began with a survivor walk led by Anna Carchidi, a staff member at Our Lady of Lourdes. Students were then divided into twenty teams that participated in a series of activities on a rotating basis throughout the day.
“We wanted to support this idea because there are people in the school that have had cancer and we wanted to help cancer survivors,” said Grade 5 student, Lily Fasulo.
“It’s sad hearing about people who had cancer but it’s exciting putting on this Relay for Life and knowing that the money we raised will help cancer survivors,” said Grade 5 student, Ameliya Godfrey.