Yale Secondary students presented a cheque of over $18,000 to Free the Children last week.
The school’s senior leadership classes ran their first global fundraiser, Dare to Care, last year in support of water sanitation projects in Kenya via the Canadian charity organization Free the Children.
In this year’s big event, Live to Give, Yale raised just over $18,000 for the organization to support education in war-torn Sierra Leone. Just under 300 students canvassed neighbourhoods and asked relatives to donate to this worthy cause and with a minimum $50 donation, students were granted access to the overnight and fun-filled event at the school.
Fun theme rooms organized by the senior leadership class included Girls in the City, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball, the Man Cave and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory just to name a few. There was also a mechanical bull, a sports zone, a karaoke and Xbox Kinect room and a Hunger Games-themed obstacle course to keep students on their toes! Additionally, there was a photo booth and a lounge room to learn more about the cause.
Special appearances were made by the Abbotsford Heat and mascot Hawkey, Mayor Bruce Banman and several school district dignitaries. Another highlight was a special video created just for Yaliens from the founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger.
Stay tuned for next year’s big global fundraiser where Yale will show that they care by supporting this new tradition of giving back to those in need around the world.