By Marianne Curtis
On November 9, the high school students from St. Pierre Collegiate proved that they have what it takes when it comes to fundraising when they doubled what they raised last year during the 4th annual “Beast for the Breast” hockey game.
For one hour students took over the school gym and set up a makeshift rink for the hockey game where they took on themselves and teams from local businesses. The annual event which was organized by students and teachers alike raised $2,517 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sandra Gratton, vice principal of St. Pierre Collegiate is very proud of her students and staff.
“About six years ago, our school and community had a devastating blow when we learned that one of our teachers was diagnosed with breast cancer,” explained Gratton. “Fortunately, she is healthy and strong today, which allows us to celebrate her triumph as a survivor.”
Since then, the school has taken pride in something the students like to call the “Best for the Breast Hockey Bowl,” a very special hockey game in the school. What started off five years ago as a small idea, has become an extreme success story
“This year we are approaching $2000 and not all the donations have been counted yet,” Gratton added. “Not bad for a school with only sixty eight students.”
The hockey game is open to all students, staff and community members that are interested; however, the team roster is decided by fundraising. The top 14 players who raise the most funds will make up the teams.
There was also a “Brave the Shave” to raise additional funds, Mr. Thorvaldson, Braden Wiens and Sheldon Mitchell agreed to shave their heads.
St. Pierre Collegiate teacher Mr. Thorvaldson agreed to have his head shaved by students to help raise money for breast cancer.