Westside top Pink Day fundraiser again

February 28, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

For the fourth year in a row, students and staff at Westside Secondary School have come out on top as the biggest school fundraiser for Pink Day in support of breast cancer research.

With events leading up to Pink Day and the results of the actual day, the school raised over $23,000 – a remarkable achievement for a fairly small high school. 

During the event, students and teachers took part in some head shaving, leg waxing, with some even showing off their fancy dance moves. 

Students reached out to friends, family, and anyone they could to be sponsored for the event.                                                                                                                              

As the top school fundraiser, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada in turn donated $5,000 to the students’ choice of local charity.                                                         

The school chose to have the donation given to the Headwaters Health Care Foundation who will in turn use the funds in the Headwaters Health Care Centre’s cancer care program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

“Because we were the top fundraiser in Canada, they donated $5,000 to our local oncology department,” explained Westside staff member and organizer, Christine Kirkland. “We were the top fundraiser in Canada for the fourth year in a row.”                                                                                                                  

The staff and students were enthusiastic about raising money for the cause.                                                                                                                                 

“We raised just over $23,000 through our students fundraising. Some of the students shaved their heads and waxed their legs and things like that, and a breakfast we had that morning raised over $1,000,” Ms. Kirkland said. “Scotia Bank supports us every year as well. They had a $3,000 cheque. It’s amazing how it all adds up.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

A representative from the Breast Cancer Society of Canada visited the school on Tuesday, February 26, to present a cheque to the Headwaters Health Care Foundation on behalf of the students and staff at Westside.

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