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North Toronto Collegiate Institute donates an incredible 5,191 nets!
In the fall of 2011, North Toronto Collegiate Institute chose Spread the Net as the 2012 benefactor of their annual Charity Week and Fashion Show. It took Charity Week and Fashion Show organizers months of brainstorming and planning to prepare for the nearly 50 events that were held at the end of January and beginning of February 2012. The entire NTCI community came together to support the school’s Spread the Net fundraising initiative and their hard work and dedication paid off. NTCI raised a remarkable $51,910, enough funds to send 5,191 life-saving bed nets to children living in Africa. When Rick Mercer heard about this incredible accomplishment he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to NTCI to accept the ‘enormous’ cheque on behalf of Spread the Net and thank the students for their hard work and generosity.
Thank you North Toronto Collegiate Institute!!
Photo from Graffiti 2011|2012
Students at Ormiston Public School helped make a difference!
A special thank you goes out to the students at Ormiston Public School in Whitby, Ontario for their amazing net-raising efforts in the 2010/2011 Student Challenge! They raised over $7,000 for the provision of life-saving bed nets to children in Africa. We hope to see them involved in this year's 2011/2012 Student Challenge!
Thank you Castlemore Public School!
Congratulations to Castlemore Public School in Brampton, ON for raising $560.00 for Spread the Net! The SolidariTEA Committee hosted an evening of cultural entertainment, including Punjabi dancing and the Indian Harmonium, while the audience sipped on Chai tea. A school wide Samosa drive also contributed to their fundraising success! The students, staff and community members have shown such a committment to Canada's role in achieving the Millenium Development Goals by joining the fight against malaria! With their contribution, families in Africa will receive bed nets and stay protected from mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite.
Excellent job College of the Rockies!
Congratulations to College of the Rockies for raising a grand total of $4,807 for our Student Challenge! Per capita, COTR's community raised more than the winning university team - the University of British Columbia. This was the first year that College of the Rockies had taken on the Spread the Net Student Challenge. Spearheaded by the second year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, COTR, as well as the community, fundraised more than they were hoping for! COTR students launched the campaign by challenging faculty members in a malaria themed Spelling Bee contest. On December 9th, staff and board members at the Board of Governors dinner generously donated to the Challenge and pushed COTR over their original fundraising goal of $2000. The last and main fundraising event was an evening of great combo jazz with local groups littlejazz Orchestra and Quintessential Jazz on February 12th where the seats at Centre 64 in Kimberley were filled with appreciative listeners. This campaign gave them an opportunity not only to contribute funds to purchase bed nets, but also to raise awareness about malaria in the East Kootenay region.
Way to go Parkside Collegiate!
What started as a grade 11 biology class project to create awareness for malaria, ended up being a project that brought the school and the wider community together in an effort to make a difference. The students were motivated to spread the word and make a difference to children less fortunate than themselves. Parkside Collegiate feels very proud as a school community that they were able to raise such a large amount of funds for such an important global issue, and help with the fight against malaria. The school was enthusiastic and supportive, as was the community at large. It is an amazing feeling for the students and the staff to know that they were able to help as many as 3000 children and their families sleep in peace at night.
To help raise the funds and awareness Parkside's grade 11 biology class wrote a rap they titled "The Malaria Rap". The students visited classes in the morning to perform the rap and inform students and staff about the Student Challenge.
Thank you to the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing program!
A big thank you goes to students from the BScN Trent University/Fleming College Nursing program for raising $700 to help Spread the Net! Students took on the task of fundraising for STN as part of their political action project. They held a fundraiser at Splice Lounge in Peterborough, Ontario on March 25th, 2011 where they organized a raffle and presented information on malaria. The organizers also provided students with the opportunity to donate funds for STN by participating in a 'dress down' day. Needless to say all events were quite successful and STN is sincerely appreciative of the funds donated for the purchase and distribution of 70 bed nets.
Great work Hayden!
Hayden Churchill-Baugh hadn't cut his hair in 2 and a half years. This grade 9 student at Magnussen School in Vancouver, decided that he needed to neaten up but wanted to achieve something through the Big Cut. He decided to raise pledges from friends, family and fellow students towards a worthy cause - Spread the Net. If he met his goal - $450 - by Feb 25th, he would shave his head in front of his entire school. He created buzz at his school with posters and speeches. He wrote an e-mail to a list of 200 friends and family. He did extra chores and babysitting in the neighbourhood to contribute to his own cause.
Feb 25th came and when the totals were finalized, he had raised $3500 !! This 14 year old Vancouver student achieved his goal of helping 350 families live better lives
Thank you for your continued support and remember - 1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives!