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Ecole francophone d’Airdrie students chill out for fundraiser

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 10:58 am

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Ecole francophone d’Airdrie students to spend night outside in 24 hour fundraiser

Allison Chorney / Rocky View Publishing

For the third year, 50 students in grades 7 to 10 are preparing to spend 24 hours outside in an effort to raise funds for the Airdrie Food Bank and awareness about homelessness.

“Our students believe that it’s unfair that some people aren’t able to get enough food for their family,” said Joelle Croteau, community liaison officer with the school.

Students will be spending the day and night of Dec. 12, outside sleeping in front of their school in cardboard boxes and blankets to stay warm.

“Our school likes to help out a lot,” said Teresa Cardenas-Green, 12, who took part in last year’s event and is participating again this year. “What people have to realize is it’s actually how people have to do it, they have to find somewhere to sleep every night.”

A thought echoed by another participant from last year, Liam Barrell, 12, who is gearing up for another chilly night outside.

“They don’t have the option to go inside and drink hot chocolate and warm up. They are out there for the whole night,” he said of the homeless.

Croteau said the school hopes to raise about $3,000 for the Airdrie Food Bank’s new building, which is currently under construction.

Last year, the event raised about $2,000 and about 1,000 non-perishable food items for the food bank, Croteau said.

“It was actually pretty fun but it got pretty cold out that night,” said Barrell, admitting he and a friend ended up heading inside the school to warm up for a bit last year.

“You don’t really get much sleep out there,” Cardenas-Green said.

“It makes people realize how lucky they are,” Barrell said.

Teachers will be on hand during the event to make sure kids are dressed appropriately in winter gear and have enough blankets to stay warm.

New this year, students are creating a market on the big day to sell goods they have made in their option classes as an additional fundraising effort.

“We want to get people’s attention to come and help more,” Cardenas-Green said.

Both kids seemed eager to participate again and said they enjoyed the activities they were involved in during the event last year and are looking forward to some fun for a good cause.

“This is one of my favourite activities to do at the school,” Barrell said.

Donations can be made on Dec. 12th at the school or can be made anytime at the food bank, just mention the 24 Hour Fundraiser so the school can keep track of how much they raise.


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