Kaarina Swinburnson

Stationary spinners chasing big bucks…on a catch-and-donate basis

The leadership students from Sooke's Edward Milne community school will be raising funds for Cops for Cancer in three separate events.

What has two wheels, 10 legs and 12 hours in motion? Why, a group of EMCS Leadership course spinners, of course

And what might the Leadership spinners be chasing on those stationary bikes? To raise money for Cops for Cancer. Of course.

Teacher Colin Scott-Moncrieff and Leadership student Kaarina Swinburnson, took time out of their lunch-hour to provide the details of their fundraising efforts.

As Scott-Moncrieff explained, “we have three events that we have to try and support Cops for Cancer, all of them run through the Leadership class.”

It is run by the students, and his role is to act as a support resource.

This year, the three events are a bottle drive, a car wash, and a Spin-a-thon.

First on the calendar are the bottle drive and car wash, which will be happening September 21. The bottle drive is spear-headed by Leadership student Jade Lothrop. Any returnable bottles can be dropped off at the west parking lot at EMCS anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Simultaneously, there will also be a car wash at the A&W parking lot, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., also on September 21. The car-wash is being organized by Kaarina Swinburnson. Currently in Grade 12, Swinburnson has participated in the Leadership course since Grade 10.

In correspondence, Swinburnson noted that there would be about 40 kids involved in the car wash, and while there won’t be one particular key moment of the day, she does slyly add that “the final money count is one of the highlights.” All proceeds will be going towards Cops for Cancer.

In other words, if the exterior of your car gets really dirty while transporting your returnables to EMCS, you may as well get your car washed as well.

Students will wash your car by donation, with a suggested minimum donation of $5. The third event, the Spin-a-thon, will take place at EMCS on Thursday, September 26. Leadership students will form into teams of five or six, and these teams will spin (in shifts) for 12 hours straight, starting at 7 a.m.

Leadership students will be fundraising for the Spin-a-thon over the next week, as they need to raise a certain amount of money in order to enter a spinning team. Scott-Moncrieff is anticipating that each rider brings in $100 in sponsorship donations.

Stationary bicycles are being donated by Sooke Health and Fitness. When asked by the Sooke News Mirror why they are donating the bikes, club manager Rachel Dyer said, “Because it is for a good cause, and it’s helps the community.”

Deeply appreciative, Scott-Moncrieff said, “It would flop without them.”

In total, the Leadership group is hoping to raise upwards to $5,000 for Cops for Cancer through all three campaigns.

According to the EMCS course description, the Leadership course “is designed to give students an awareness of social and civic responsibility along with an understanding of effective styles and methods. It is run outside the timetable throughout the year, including before school meetings, and will involve volunteer activities. Considerable emphasis is on individual project work. This is a tremendous opportunity for students who want to contribute to the life of the school and community.”

The Leadership course is available to students in Grades 10, 11 and 12. This year, according to Scott-Moncrieff, there are 85 students enrolled in the Leadership course. It runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting at 7:30 a.m., so the students have a level of commitment from the beginning.

The course is being taught by two teachers, Colin Scott-Moncrieff and Todd Powell.

 

Just Posted

Langford mayor says City threatened during meeting over speculation tax

Stew Young says he wants Langford exempt from tax

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Victoria invited to get a closer look at Sunday’s lunar eclipse

Special event allows public to view the moon through UVic telescopes

Unruly passenger forces Victoria-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Vancouver Island dog walker accosted by man with bear spray

Woman figures man is afraid of dogs after latest in string of Comox Valley incidents

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Parents in this B.C. city can no longer opt kids out of class for personal beliefs

Change comes as part of ‘big overhaul’ of school district’s learning resources policy approved by board

BC Hydro scammers bilked customers out of nearly $45,000 in 2018

Nearly 2,000 people reported scams to the utility, as they continue to be more common

Good news: Peak flu season over in B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says that while peak season is over, rates remain high this time of year

Vancouver Island conservancy group calls for government to shut down Georgia Strait herring roe fishery

DFO says extensive research is done annually before setting a maximum harvest rate

B.C. woman posts to Facebook after she and nephew reported missing for days

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Most Read