Partying with a purpose
December is one of the busiest months of the year for most people. With the sudden weather change, holiday celebrations and culminating assignments due, the month can go from exciting to overwhelming in the blink of an eye.
That’s why at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, staff and students are kicking off the month by partying, but these parties have a purpose.
CECI is continuing its commitment to children living with and beyond cancer.
The school challenged itself to throw a “party with a purpose,” working with Coast to Coast Against Cancer foundation to bring the second annual Inside Ride event to CECI.
On Wednesday staff and students of CECI along with members of surrounding elementary schools participated in the indoor cycling event.
Before the event, the leadership class hosted “Food Central,” an event in which teams from the Inside Ride had the opportunity to sell anything from baked goods to barbeque at lunchtime as a way to raise money for their team.
The collected donations of the over 40 teams will help support the 10,000 Canadian children living with cancer.
This particular event is being dedicated to 7-year-old Lorelei Orchard, a brave, local child fighting leukaemia along with 22-yearold CECI graduate Cody Pelletier fighting stage 4 cancer.
Donations are greatly appreciated and are still being accepted online at centralgin.theinsideride.com.
To keep the party going, Thursday marks the day of CECI’s winter concert.
Tickets cost $5 and money raised at this concert goes directly back into the school’s music department to repair or replace instruments and provide experiences for students within music.
At this carolling-themed party, audience members will be drawn into the snowy scene as they are serenaded by the variety of ensembles that will perform their wellpracticed pieces.
“Sharing our music with the public is very rewarding (because) we know how hard we have worked for these exciting moments,” said Grade 12 music student Collin Riggs.
Whether to defeat childhood cancer at the Inside Ride or to spread some holiday cheer at the winter concert, it’s time to party with a purpose at CECI.
Collin Riggs and Abby Polland sell out at CECI’s Food Central fundraiser.