(HALIFAX, N.S.) - Last week, the Saint Mary’s University varsity athletics council presented the IWK Health Centre Foundation with a cheque for $945.00. The funds were raised at the annual varsity Christmas party.
Charging $5 admission and accepting donations at the door, the Huskies varsity council found a way to celebrate their athletic accomplishments while at the same time, doing something positive for their community.
“As student-athletes, we recognize the importance of good health,” said varsity council women’s rugby rep Kaitlyn Sobey. “By giving to the IWK Foundation, we recognize our fundraising work will contribute to a centre that changes and saves lives. We hope our efforts can have a positive impact on the health of others.”
Varsity student-athletes and their guests attended the Christmas party where canned goods were also collected at the door for the CBC food drive which was held in December.
The Argyle Grill & Bar offered up their venue free of charge to the Saint Mary’s student-athletes to host their Christmas party and fundraiser. “We had the main floor, a DJ and coat check set up and we were charged nothing,” said Sobey. “The owner of The Argyle is also a SMU football alumni. He went out of his way to allow us to donate all the money we raised to the IWK.”
Sobey said herself and other event organizers were pleasantly surprised by the amount they were able to fundraise with their relatively small event. “It really proves that no matter the size of the fundraising attempt, it can have a large impact on the lives of others,” she said.
Sobey and three other members of the varsity council presented
their donation in person at the IWK Health Centre. “We were
overwhelmed by the kindness of their office staff,” said
“They all genuinely love the work they do and made us realize the true importance of donating.”
The Saint Mary’s varsity council is participating in several other upcoming fundraising initiatives, including tonight’s ‘TomStrong Night’ at the men’s hockey game being played at the Halifax Forum. The Huskies community will be raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Nova Scotia in honour of men’s hockey assistant coach Tom Lee who is currently battling mantle cell lymphoma.
The Huskies varsity council will also be holding their annual date auction to raise money for cystic fibrosis, as well as participating in Relay for Life.