Joseph Howe Senior Public School

On May 26, 2014, four students from Joseph Howe Senior Public School—Sofia, Sarah, Mussa and Mustapha—visited The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (The PMCF).  The group arrived with their teacher, Noelle, and were greeted at the Foundation offices by Laura Syron, Vice President of Community Programs at The PMCF.

They had wonderful news to share with us.

Students from Joseph Howe Senior Public School were given the assignment of learning about a charity of their choice.  Much to our delight, these four students had selected The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (The PMCF).

After doing their research on how The PMCF raises funds for one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, these students decided to take their project one step further by raising money themselves in support.   The students said that their fundraising campaign was during the winter of 2013 in Toronto.  Sarah and Sofia paired up to sing Christmas carols outside of a local plaza despite the icy conditions.

“It was so cold we had to run inside once in a while to warm up before heading back outside,” the girls said.  “People were really generous when we told them who we were supporting, though, so it was worth it.”

“We got lots of five and ten dollar bills,” added Sofia.  

While the girls sang songs, Mussa and Mustapha baked vanilla and chocolate muffins to sell.  Both boys made flyers to advertise the sale and distributed them throughout the community.

Through the combined efforts of these remarkable students, they were able to raise over $80. When asked what inspired them to go that extra mile, the group said it was in honour of their friend’s father who passed away from cancer.

Laura thanked them for their passionate engagement to the cause of conquering cancer in our lifetime.  She presented each student with a certificate signed personally by Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The PMCF.

The PMCF thanks these young cancer warriors for their support!