Par­ty­ing with a pur­pose

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DOVE

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.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Collin Riggs and Abby Pol­land sell out at CECI’s Food Cen­tral fundraiser.

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