By Gillian Valvasori, Evelyn Wrobel, Cristina Ciancone, and Stephanie Pecora
“In times of tragedies, our duty is to lend a helping hand to those in grief, and thus light lamps of kindness and compassion.”
On Friday April 6th, the unimaginable happened. 16 people were killed when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team collided with a transport truck on a rural Saskatchewan road on their way to a playoff game. The tragic news left many Canadians, and people around the world, in a collective grief. Canadians began to show support for Humboldt crash victims with tributes and with significant donations. The response was no different in Hamilton.
On Friday April 13th, our St. Charles community held our “Hearts for Humboldt” fundraiser in support of the victims and families affected by the Humboldt tragedy. The support was overwhelming and together our students raised $2,300. A donation was made to the GoFundMe page for the Humboldt Broncos on behalf of St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education.
St. Charles staff and students participated in Jersey Day on Thursday and then retired their jerseys and regular attire to wear green on Friday. Funds were raised through a bake sale, a raffle as well as through the generous donations from staff and students at all of our locations. Our school is made up of a very diverse community of students, many of whom have only been in Canada for a short period of time. Students come from a multitude of different religious, academic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Regardless of these differences, our adult learners, many of whom are parents, were deeply affected by the news of the tragedy. When our students heard what had happened, they wanted to help. The idea for the fundraiser came from our student’s desire to contribute in some way.
In our Catholic school community, along with teaching the curriculum, we want our students to learn to be compassionate and kind individuals. This compassion and kindness was especially evident during the “Hearts for Humboldt” Fundraiser and we are extremely proud of our students and their contributions.