Hundreds of students, staff and parents of the Hillcrest High School went door-to-door collecting donations for the Canadian Cancer Society on April 24.
More than 500 students and staff participated by canvassing streets in the Alta Vista, Elmvale, Canterbury, Riverview Park and Hunt Club areas. In four hours the students managed to raise $35,000 for cancer research.
For the past 19 years, the school has raised more than $500,000 through an event that has become a tradition at the school.
“It is one of those things that gets everybody at the school and the community involved,” said 17-year-old Joy Munroe, one of the event’s co-chairs.
The tradition started in 1994, when a few Hillcrest students were inspired to take action against cancer.
Munroe, whose grandparents died of cancer said it is powerful to see how many people’s lives have been affected and touched by the disease.
“It is important to try and change that because it is not fair at all,” she said.
“It is always nice to know that you are helping other people and doing something good for your school.”
School principal Reg Lavergne said the student-run activity is one of the most successful charitable events the school community participates in.
“This demonstrates an incredible commitment on behalf of our students and reflects the incredible generosity of our community,” he said.
The organizing committee for this student-led project has been at work since September planning this fundraiser.
“Our goal was to have the most participation,” said Munroe.
“We wanted the most (number) of students, staff and people from the community to come together for a common goal. If you do anything that you are passionate about, then you are going to have a great time doing it.”
Alex Lenz, the other co-chair said it was humbling seeing the entire school community behind their cause.
“It means so much to me seeing what we able to do for the cancer society,” said Lenz.
“It is a great cause. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and the fact that we can do something substantial for that is great.”