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South surrey students help kids with cancer

Elgin Park Secondary students (L to R) Sameen Ahmed, Cassidy Poulton, Morgan Phillips, Annie Kim and Jonah Killam pose with just-purchased gifts for cancer patients at BC Children
Elgin Park Secondary students (L to R) Sameen Ahmed, Cassidy Poulton, Morgan Phillips, Annie Kim and Jonah Killam pose with just-purchased gifts for cancer patients at BC Children's Hospital.
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Generous South Surrey shoppers donated just over $1,000 in three hours for young cancer patients.

The fundraiser was the work of a group of Elgin Park Secondary students who thanked the donors and the local businesses who made the Dec. 18 event a success.

The money was used to buy holiday gifts for cancer patients at BC Children's Hospital.

"Our objective was to make a warm Christmas for the cancer patients, who spend every day in the hospital and fight against cancer," said Grade 11 student Annie Kim, co-president of the Elgin Park Canadian Cancer Youth Society Club.

"We mostly bought toys, puzzles and games for the children, so that we can gift them hope, fun and joy for Christmas."

Kim wanted to publicly acknowledge Ocean Park Safeway and Starbucks for allowing the students to set up outside their stores.

"It was a very cold day, and it went a little slow in the beginning, but soon after, more and more people started donating… so we were able to cheer up ourselves in the cold weather."

At the end of the three hours, the students, with $1,045.48 in donations collected, went straight to WalMart to purchase the gifts.

 

 

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