Waterloo Heights raises $230 to support Breast Cancer Society

Ribbon sale, 50-50 draw and pumpkin competition helped with the fundraising initiative
11/22/2021  - Deron Hamel

Waterloo Heights raised $230 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada during a fundraising campaign at the Waterloo, Ont. seniors living community in October.

The campaign was held in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizers accepted donations for breast cancer awareness stickers and ribbons, and team members wore pink, the colour designated for breast cancer awareness.

During the Waterloo Heights Halloween party on Oct. 29, a 50-50 draw was held at each of the three sittings to raise money for the cause.

In the days leading up to Halloween, Waterloo Heights’ annual annual pumpkin painting activity was turned into a fundraising event for the Breast Cancer Society, notes activity director Jacqui Reid.

“Residents and staff decorated pumpkins to go into a competition where we could vote for our favourite pumpkin by putting cash into its jar,” she explains.

Staff member Carrie Pride raised the most money for her pumpkin, which was double-sided. Resident James Truswell made a 3D monster pumpkin with large horns, and resident Marg Taylor painted a mini pumpkin and added it to a dish with a little mouse and some leaves.

In addition to the money the pumpkins raised, the decorated squash also highlighted residents’ creativity, Jacqui says.

“They all looked wonderful and really showed our artistic talent here at Waterloo Heights,” she says.

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