Students raising funds and awareness for Syrian refugees ACTUAL I TÉ • NEWS


red during the Farmers’ Market said indivi- duals asked whether we would accept book donations, and the answer is yes!” The event runs fromNovember 18 to De- cember 2 during the school’s lunch hour, as well as at the weekly Saturday farmers mar- ket, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on November 28. Themoney raised will bematched by the Rotary Club of Hawkesbury, up to $500, and thenmatched by the Canadian government through UNICEF Canada. “Our goal of $500 becomes $1000, which then becomes $2000,” exclaimed Hillier.

Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) runs an Interact Clubwhich raisesmoney for various initiatives, including raising funds for Syrian refugees. The club has been hosting a book sale, silent auction, and offering henna art to raise funds for the refugees. “We have collected $300, to date,” said Ilze Hillier, teacher at VCI, and one of the organizers of the Interact Club. “Our goal is $500, so we are sure that we’ll meet our goal. Students who voluntee-

VCI’s Interact Club is hosting a book sale, silent auction, and henna art to raise funds for Syrian refugees, from November 18 to December 2.

“Please support our efforts in donating and purchasing books, having your hand adorned with our talented henna artists, and bidding on our donated artworks. Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The club has raised funds for a lot of dif- ferent things, most recently, they hosted a bake sale onNovember 12 donating $172.50 to the Veterans TransitionNetwork which is a registered charity that delivers programs to struggling veterans. The programs offer connection, communication, self-mainte- nance, and career assistance to veterans transitioning into civilian life.

The students also hold a food drive each year, donating the results to the Vankleek Hill Food Bank. Some of the other efforts from the Interact Club include Dress Purple Day to show support for the prevention of child abuse, they have collected shoes forTheMil- lion Shoe Drive for Shoe Bank Canada, and countless other projects in service of others. The club teaches students the importance of community, locally and globally, as well as responsibility and leadership. More infor- mation on VCI’s Interact Club can be found on their Facebook page VCI Interact Club.


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