Youth Are Changing the World in Ottawa

Earl of March Student FundraiserTo kick-off ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, 120 students from Earl of March Secondary School spearheaded the Cancer Blitz, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

It has been a long-standing tradition at the Earl to host the Cancer Blitz. Organized by a student-led cancer fundraising committee, there was no question that when they took on this leadership role this was something that they were going to pursue avidly.

“Cancer has affected everyone in some form and the Blitz does an amazing job in supporting cancer research and people living with cancer,” said Kareem Ibrahim, fundraising co-organizer and Ottawa Carleton District School Board student trustee. “But it’s more than that; it gives students an opportunity to get involved, go out in the community and truly experience what it means to volunteer, to see the value and the positive impact it has.”

The eighth Annual Cancer Blitz, organized by Monika Singh, Melissa Fasken and Kareem Ibrahim, took place on April 18th, 2012 and raised almost $9,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. This campaign provided two opportunities for students to volunteer. Student volunteers went door-to-door in the community, distributed flyers with information about the event, and when they would be collecting donations on behalf of both Earl of March and the Canadian Cancer Society.

The second opportunity, which was the main focus of the Blitz, included a BBQ and canvassing throughout the Kanata community. The Blitz had a phenomenal impact on the community as it helped students connect with a cause and raised awareness about both cancer and the dedication of Earl of March students.

“Programs such as our youth program, and more specifically ChangeTheWorld, give youth in the capital a chance to shine and be recognized,” said Will Coukell, Executive Director at Volunteer Ottawa. “There are thousands and thousands of people doing good in this city, and the students at Earl of March are a great example of giving back to the community.”

This is one of 31 volunteer events taking place in Ottawa during the fifth annual ChangeTheWorld challenge. Some of the other upcoming volunteer opportunities are with the Kanata Food Cupboard, the MS Walk, clean-up of the Waupoos Foundation, Helping with Furniture, and the CN Cycle for CHEO.


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