The Canadian Cancer Youth Society at Elgin Park Secondary has raised $2,324.20 for the Canadian Cancer Society as well as more than $1,000 in gifts for young patients at BC Children’s Hospital.
Members of the group celebrated their success June 14 with a giant-sized cheque.
The goal of the school group is to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms and prevention of cancer and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society for research and cancer patients.
It was launched in October 2010 with 15 members and has since grown to 30 active members.
As a group, members meet every Thursday at lunch and have participated in many in-school fundraisers, including the Pink Mitten Campaign and a Daffodil Search for Daffodil month.
As well, they hosted a community fundraiser by collecting coins outside of Ocean Park Safeway to buy gifts for children at the BC Children’s Hospital for the winter holidays.
“Next school year we plan on broadening our community involvement and awareness programs” said Lauren Fisher, director of marketing and media for the Elgin Canadian Cancer Youth Society.
Other fundraising initiatives have included sales of lemonade, muffins and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a mother and daughter breakfast for breast cancer and production of a short video for the “Ban the Use of Cosmetic Pesticides” campaign.