For the last five years, St. Augustine Catholic School has hosted a fun hockey tournament with teachers versus students to raise money for a good cause.
This year, the school is aiming at raising $2,000 for a refugee couple from Myanmar and students are challenging each other to donate $2 each for the couple. The campaign is called Dare 2 Donate. “We already have over $250,” said Darren Josephison, social studies teacher and one of the organizers.
St. Augustine Church is sponsoring the couple and the school wanted to support their endeavour. The family has a home to stay in, but the fundraiser will help pay for furniture and other necessary household items.
Staff are going to face off against students with Josephison taking on the goalkeeper position. He says Deacon Rollie Comeau of the St. Augustine parish, community members and other staff will also take part in the game. Students will be campaigning in every classroom at the school challenging students to donate.
Josephison says they usually raise $500 to $600, but as this campaign will directly help a refugee family, they want to raise at least $2,000. The game is to be held during the school day and the entire school attends.
Students who sign up to play will be taking pledges throughout the community to bring more funds to the campaign.
The Goodwill Cup is scheduled for Dec. 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Centre.