Westside Secondary School, is the top fundraiser for three consecutive years!
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) is pleased to announce Westside Secondary School, in Orangeville, Ontario is the top fundraiser for the 2017 Dress for the Cause.
Dress for the Cause, supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, has raised more than $8.8 Million for Canadian breast cancer research. From across Canada, companies, schools and organizations participate in Dress for the Cause by hosting local, individual fundraising events.
The Westside Secondary School community have personally experienced the impact of breast cancer and since 2004 the students and faculty rally support for the cause by hosting "Pink Day.” Pink Day begins with a pancake breakfast and ends with a rousing assembly involving teachers and students facing off in various competitions – tug-of-war, bottle-toss, etc. Several students and staff shave their heads and donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients.
Westside Secondary School raised $20,410 during this year's Pink Day, and is Canada's top Dress for the Cause fundraiser for the third year in a row! This brings the school's cumulative donation total to more than $135.000!
In honour of Westside's accomplishment, The Breast Cancer Society of Canada will make a $5,000 donation on behalf of the School to The Headwaters Health Care Centre – a local cancer treatment centre.
"The dedication of Westside Secondary School Students, Faculty and Administration to help find a cure for breast cancer is truly inspirational. Not only does Westside host an amazing 'Pink Day' fundraiser, they also enlist the support of their entire community. We are grateful to everyone who donated their time and money to Westside. Thank you for your spirit and continued support of our mission to end breast cancer,” said Kimberly Carson, CEO of BCSC
"It's just an incredible moment, an incredible occasion,” said Christine Kirkland, Westside Secondary School teacher and the annual event's longtime coordinator. "To be able to sit here right now and say that we've successfully raised over $20,000 is just so surreal. It's completely overwhelming.”
Thanks to the generous support of donors like Westside, BCSC continues to fund patient-focused research –encouraging collaboration among physicians and researchers committed to improving diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer patients. Only through research will we find a cure.
To learn more about Dress for the Cause please visit www.DressfortheCause.ca