A group of Kwantlen students are adding a sweet twist to a school project by teaming up with White Rock’s Candy Shop Couture to host a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital foundation.
Brooke Schlase and her classmates – Courtney Von Minden, Anu Bains, Anthony Duong and Jacqueline De Brosien – chose the hospital for their social-justice class assignment because of the personal connection they have with it.
“At least three out of five of our members have had help from BC Children’s Hospital as we’ve grown up, so we wanted to give back to them because they’ve helped us,” Schlase said.
To ensure the fundraiser would be a success, Schlase teamed up with Candy Shop Couture – where she works when not at school – to combine her event with the store’s one-year anniversary on Nov. 26.
Owners Dave and Jeannie Dhaliwal donated their store space to be the venue for the event, which will include hors d’oeuvres, champagne and door prizes – with all of the proceeds going to the BCCHF.
Schlase said she is happy people in the community are onboard with the idea.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback. A lot of people in the community care about the cause we’re fundraising for,” Schlase said.
The assignment’s goal is to raise $750 for the charity, but Schlase said her group has loftier plans.
“We are expecting to raise $5,000 because of the ticket sales and all the special little games and events we will be having,” Schlase said.
“We really want to raise as much money as we can – just by attending this event, you can help someone who needs it.”
Tickets, $25, can be purchased at Candy Shop Couture, 14967 Marine Drive. The event will begin at 9 p.m. For those who can’t make it, Schlase and her group have set up a Superhero page at the BCCHF website: secure.bcchf.ca/ICE?19094