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West Kildonan students think pink

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Breast Cancer Awareness is just wrapping up and a team of dedicated teens from West Kildonan Collegiate spent the month raising money to help fight for the cause through Power of Pink.

Power of Pink was created by Leeza Oravec, a 17-year-old student from West Kildonan Collegiate, whose mother and grandmother were diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Oravec, a member of the school’s Social Justice Club, presented the idea to her fellow club members and the cause was supported immediately. The Power of Pink fundraising campaign was created and its goal was to raise $3,500 for breast cancer awareness.

Throughout October, the Social Justice club, which is comprised of 20 students dedicated to extracurricular work in the areas of human rights, equality, and environmental issues, set to work.

In mid-October, the collegiate’s boys’ hockey team showed support at its home opener by wearing pink. Students attending the game also wore pink and a 50/50 draw was held. To also show their support, the entire girls’ hockey team and the school’s football team also wore pink at their games. Additional events included a raffle and a book sale.

The final and most anticipated event involved 10 teachers volunteering to shave their heads in front of students and faculty.

Eric Schillberg, a member of the Social Justice club, was incredibly humbled by the amount of support the faculty and staff gave the campaign.

"We would like to thank the community and the staff at West Kildonan Collegiate for their support and Frank’s Pizza for sponsoring our cause," he said.

With Power of Pink now wrapped up, the Social Justice club is working other initiatives, including Brains for Change (a Seven Oaks School Division effort to raise money for children’s education in Africa), the 30-hour Famine, building a Christmas food hamper and many more.

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