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Westisle stu­dents sup­port Syr­ian refugees with fundrais­ing din­ner Jan. 16

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Westisle stu­dents sup­port Syr­ian refugees with fundrais­ing din­ner Jan. 16

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I’m look­ing for­ward to all the sup­port from the com­mu­nity. Even if I do mess up, I think they will be al­right with it.” Westisle stu­dent Calvin Mur­ray

He’s never helped pre­pare and serve a meal for 100 peo­ple be­fore, but Grade 11 stu­dent Calvin Mur­ray says he’s up for the task.

Mur­ray and four Grade 12 stu­dents from Westisle Com­pos­ite High School’s Global Is­sues class have cho­sen, as their ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship pro­ject, to raise money to help bring a Syr­ian refugee fam­ily to West Prince.

They have en­listed the ex­per­tise of award-win­ning Is­land chef Emily Wells to pro­vide a Sup­per for Syria Fundrais­ing Din­ner.

It will be pre­sented at Elms­dale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre be­tween 4 and 6 p.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 16 (storm date is Jan. 30).

Brody Perry ex­plained that mem­bers of the Global Is­sues class di­vided into groups and each group came up with their own pro­ject to sup­port. He noted there was class dis­cus­sion about the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Syria.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” Mur­ray said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to all the sup­port from the com­mu­nity. Even if I do mess up, I think they will be al­right with it.”

It was class­mate Drew Mur­phy who ap­proached Wells, chef at The Mill in New Glas­gow and Lo­cal 343, and he said she read­ily agreed to help out.

She de­vel­oped the menu and the five stu­dents have agreed to as­sist with the prepa­ra­tions and the serv­ing of the meal.

Mur­phy said the food for the meal is be­ing do­nated by lo­cal farm­ers and busi­nesses so all of the $2,500 that will be raised from the sale of 100 meal tick­ets will sup­port a Syr­ian refugee fam­ily.

Al­ready, more than half the tick­ets have been sold.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the Irv­ing in Al­ber­ton and by call­ing Drew at 902-853-7939.

The stu­dents have also taken on a side pro­ject to cover as­so­ci­ated ex­penses. They’re sell­ing scrap metal.

“I’ve got a big old pile in the yard,” Jonathan Voigt re­vealed.

Mur­phy ac­knowl­edged the pro­ject has en­light­ened the group on all the plan­ning and prepa­ra­tions that go into a fundraiser.

Wells said the stu­dents’ en­thu­si­asm and will­ing­ness to help has im­pressed her.

Matthew Le­Clair said his group will give a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the din­ner on the cause the din­ner’s pro­ceeds is sup­port­ing.

Pro­ceeds from the din­ner will be do­nated to the Tyne Val­ley and Area Pas­toral Care Com­mit­tee that is rais­ing money to spon­sor a refugee fam­ily.

“We’ll get them some money and it will all be just hunky-dory,” said Voigt.

ERIC MCCARTHY/TC ME­DIA

Westisle Com­pos­ite High School’s Global Is­sues stu­dents, from left, Drew Mur­phy, Jonathan Voigt, Calvin Mur­ray, Matthew Le­Clair and Brody Perry, are ready to take on what­ever tasks their chef, Emily Wells, re­quests. They are host­ing a fundrais­ing din­ner on Jan. 16 in sup­port of ef­forts to bring a Syr­ian refugee fam­ily to West Prince.

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