UCC students brave damp weather to scare up donations

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Ursuline College Chatham students loaded up approximately 13,000 canned goods and items for area food banks collected on Halloween for the annual We Scare Hunger event. Students in the Me to We club organize the event each year as part of their local initiative to help people in need. In front, from left, Sarah Thompson, Grade 10, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Grade 12 and Don Leonard from Victory Ford help load the truck. In back is Morgan Dekker, Grade 11 and Lisa Liu, Grade 12.
Ursuline College Chatham students loaded up approximately 13,000 canned goods and items for area food banks collected on Halloween for the annual We Scare Hunger event. Students in the Me to We club organize the event each year as part of their local initiative to help people in need. In front, from left, Sarah Thompson, Grade 10, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Grade 12 and Don Leonard from Victory Ford help load the truck. In back is Morgan Dekker, Grade 11 and Lisa Liu, Grade 12.

As part of the Ursuline College Chatham We Scare Hunger event on Halloween, more than 200 students and volunteer drivers gathered over 13,000 canned goods and food items for local food banks, including Chatham’s Outreach for Hunger.

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The annual event, now in its 10th year, is organized by the UCC Me to We club, a group of students who raise money to help with global hunger and poverty, and collect donations locally for area food banks.

According to UCC teacher Kathy Kearns, one of three teachers involved with the club, Me to We is part of Free the Children, started by then teenager Craig Keilburger. Free The Children is an international charity committed to delivering a sustainable development model that empowers people to transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.

Kearns, along with fellow teachers Lisa Serruys and Chris Gutteridge, guide the students in their fundraising efforts.

For the second year, Don Leonard at Victory Ford donated the use of his trucks and drivers to deliver the canned goods to the food bank.

The donations gathered by students in Ridgetown, Blenheim and Thamesville stay in each community.

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