It was hard not to spot the Senior School Keep the Beat Music Marathon participants on Friday. The musicians, sporting bright green War Child t-shirts, kept the beat alive in all sorts of musical ways in support of War Child Canada. The Arts Council, headed by strings teacher Donna Williams, was in charge of organizing the event. Musical performances included a lunchtime concert, walking minstrels, and an evening talent show in the Copeland Lecture Theatre. Pizza was sold at lunch and donation boxes made their way around the school with musicians popping into classes for spontaneous performances.
“It never ceases to amaze me how these astoundingly busy people can work together and get behind these very involved events,” says Ms. Williams. “It ran like clockwork, and although the final tally isn’t in yet, I know we have raised a significant donation.”
All monies raised benefit War Child Canada, which is a humanitarian assistance programme that aims to minimize the effects that conflict and war have on children. War Child works with local communities that have been devastated by war to help them rebuild, to ensure basic needs are met, and to address poverty and violence.