Students Bring Change to Haiti


by Lincoln Welsh, Grade 12

On January 16, 2010, a group of 15 SMUSdents and friends from other schools banded together in response to the recent earthquake crisis in Haiti. Bringing along any bucket they could get their hands on and, in some cases, any instruments as well, they set up shop at various points downtown, and, through the kindness of random strangers making small pocket change donations, managed to make well over $1000 in just under six hours.

The students, in association with Red Cross, continued to create an “I Haiti Earthquakes” service initiative at St Michaels University School wherein they continued to amass over $500 dollars in “Positive Change For Haiti” from their peers at school.

The grand total of money collected by the Donate-y For Haiti team came to $1713.69 and, once donated, was doubled through positive efforts put forth by the Canadian International Development Agency, totalling $3247.38. This total is only a fraction of the total amount donated by various clubs and individuals associated with SMUS.

The team consisted of myself, Leo Marchand, Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Irene Evans, Priya Mulgaonkar, Selby Knudsen, Kaylynn Purdy, Zac Benloulou, Yoon Ha Chung, Giuliana Bianco, Laura Dale, Sky Richards, Will Jevne, Oliver Brooks and Rowan Mackenzie, as well as Brian van Wyk and Connor McCleary of Claremont High.

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