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Fort St. James students raise over $23K for cancer research through Relay for Life

FSJSS School hosted Relay for Life on May 9 to fundraise for Canadian Cancer Society
Students from Fort St. James Secondary School raised over $23K for Canadian Cancer Society last week. Left to right: Keenan Ogi, Addy Martin, Sam Leatherdale, Julie Hebert, Braelyn Pacheco, Carsen Wenger. (Taylor Hansen/ Caledonia Courier)

Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) students achieved an impressive feat by collecting over $23,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society during their inaugural Relay for Life event on May 9.

The Relay for Life event, organised mostly by students, began its planning back in February, said Carsen Wenger.

Wenger, a Grade 12 student, explained that they had initially aimed for $5,000 but surpassed their target, ultimately raising $23,638.12 through a series of engaging activities and community support.

Wenger said that they had planned a fundraiser before the COVID-19 pandemic, but timing presented a challenge.

“Last year (2023) we were fortunate enough to go to New Brunswick and be part of the national leadership event where we organised a pop-up Relay for Life and raised $15,000,” Wenger said, adding, “And it really motivated us to organise one in our own community.”

With the support of fellow students and teachers, a committee was formed to organise various activities, for the event in Fort St. James.

“We surpassed our original goal of $5,000 and set a new goal of $12,000,” Wenger said.

“Once we reached $8,000, donations plateaued until our math teacher offered to shave his head if we reached our goal for cancer research.”

This pledge reignited community interest, propelling donations to approximately $16,000 before the event even began.

On the day of the Relay for Life, the community came together in full force, with contributions pouring in from local businesses and individuals alike.

The event featured themed laps, games, prizes, yoga, dancing, and the collaborative efforts of community members who volunteered to support the cause.

In its inaugural year, Wenger hopes the event’s tradition will endure, and that future students will continue to expand it.

Speaking on behalf of the organising committee, Wenger expressed gratitude to the entire community, businesses, donors, sponsors, and volunteers for their contributions in making the event a success and surpassing expectations.

“We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved. This event would not have been possible without the united effort of the community.”

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