(Above: Last year, about 50 Sacred Heart students travelled to a Relay for Life event at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orleans.)
A group of grade 12 students at Sacred Heart High School are launching the first ever Relay for Life event for their school.
Relay for Life is a 12-hour fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“We believe that Relay for Life gives students the opportunity to stand up against cancer and make a difference in whatever way they can. We are all affected by cancer some how therefore the Relay lets participants get involved and experience an event like none other,” writes grade 12 student Anna Ploeg.
“About 150 students will celebrate, remember and fight back against this awful disease. We are the next generation and we hope to one day live in a world that is cancer free and by organizing Relay events at Sacred we are helping make that happen,” she says.
The event is taking place May 22 at the OzDome in Stittsville from noon until midnight and the goal is to raise $20,000. So far with two and a half weeks to go the students have raised about $6,500. You can make a donation online or follow the fundraising efforts on Twitter at @shhsrelay2015.