Thursday, October 10, marked the campaign launch of the seventh annual Teddy Bear Picnic Auction, a student-led event that has raised more than $55,000 for childhood cancer research since its inception. For the next five weeks, students in Cambrian College’s Police Foundations program will be canvassing local businesses, collecting donated Teddy Bear packages that will be put up for auction and adoption. Students across other programs are also supporting the campaign by fundraising and coordinating event-day activities that range from face-painting to auction administration.
Second-year Police Foundations student Catlin Cargill said that students feel privileged to be part of this amazing project. “It’s an important cause, and our contributions definitely build skills related to community policing,” Cargill explained. “As future law enforcement officers, we need to be very comfortable communicating with the public, and that’s one of our key roles in the campaign. We are also working in teams, honing leadership skills, and learning first-hand how our efforts contribute to the project’s overall success.”
At this year’s campaign launch, David Kruk told students, supporters, and members of the media about his daughter Karissa’s recent battle with a very rare form of leukemia. The nine-year old is in remission now, thanks to a promising new treatment. However, Kruk explained that further studies are needed to shed light on the treatment’s long-term side effects. He added that further investment in childhood cancer research will make it easier for families to choose treatment plans when there are a number of options to consider. “It’s extremely stressful when your child’s life is on the line, and you want to give them the best chance of survival,” Kruk said. “We are so grateful for the research that helped us decide which treatment to choose, but we know that there is still more work to do to help children like Karissa.”
The Teddy Bear Picnic Auction will take place on Saturday, November 9, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cambrian College Student Centre. “Families can expect a lot of fun as they take part in live and silent auctions, teddy bear adoptions, children’s activities, and face painting,” said Cathy Burns, Canadian Cancer Society District Manager. Admission and parking are free. Any business or individual wishing to donate a Teddy Bear for the auction is asked to contact Jen Kwiatkowski, Fundraising Assistant, at (705) 670-1234, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Communications Officer, Cambrian College
(705)566-8101, extension 6375
Manager, Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District Community Office
(705) 670-1234, extension 3711