Think Pink Campaign:
Loyola supports "Ride the Wave of Hope... Think Pink" Breast Cancer Research. This October, the Student Council and Student Services office, in collaboration with Mrs. Supino, organized a number of activities to promote the cause. This included fundraising events such as a "free" dress day and spaghetti lunch, as well as a visit from a special guest speaker.
On October 6, Dr. David Fleiszer, an oncology surgeon and breast cancer specialist at the MUHC, gave a talk to students, faculty and staff in the Bishops' Atrium on breast cancer awareness. As Dr. Fleisher stated, every dollar donated enriches the lives of those in need from the time of diagnosis and treatment, through post-treatment and, when necessary, end-of-life care.
As a result of these events and the generosity of both students and parents, the school was able to raise $4,395 for this important cause.
Movember is a fundraising campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness for men's physical as well as mental health. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men - it will afflict 1 in 6 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease.
Still in the early days of this year's campaign, Mr. Elie and the Movember Student Committee are welcoming new members. Participation is a month-long commitment and participants are identified by their brown Movember bracelets. According to Mr. Elie, "You do not need to grow a moustache to participate as we are open to all those who wish to help support us in educating the public about men's health issues." Non-growers can also set a distance goal at the start of the month, and walk, run, cycle, swim or row their way to achieving it.
Loyola is nearly approaching a decade of raising funds and awareness for this cause.
Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Loyola students, faculty and staff were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive earlier this fall. Items were piled high at the feet of St. Ignatius in the Tower of Merit.
St. Monica's Parish had this message for our students: "We are very grateful to Loyola High School for your yearly Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please extend our gratitude to the students for their participation and effort on behalf of St. Monica's Food Pantry."
Christmas Food Baskets:
Each year, Loyola students fundraise for Christmas food baskets for needy families in Pointe-Saint-Charles. Each homeroom is invited to contribute a sum of money by holding a fundraiser of its choosing, such as an auction or a bake sale. The event relies on the participation of students, teachers, alumni, as well as parents. Shortly before the Christmas holidays, the food to be distributed is purchased, including fresh fruit and a turkey for each family. Thirty students from the CSP program, as well as a few loyal alumni, gather in the cafeteria to sort food into boxes. Our volunteers then deliver the boxes to the families. This tradition is one that has been carried out at Loyola for decades and it continues to hold strong, thanks to our dedicated students and volunteers.
Cristo Rey Jesuit School in Houston:
On September 15, Loyola held a Free Dress Day to show our support and solidarity with our fellow Jesuit school, Cristo Rey Jesuit School in Houston. Many families from the Cristo Rey community suffered significant losses during Hurricane Harvey and asked for help from the Jesuit Network across North America.