St. James High School students were raising money for a good cause during their homecoming football game this weekend.
This was the second annual return game fundraiser for the Sturgeon Heights Huskies as they hosted the Miles MacDonell Buckeyes at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.
The game marked the end of a fundraising campaign for CancerCare Manitoba. Student Payton Zubec said the idea came to her after a Huskies game last year.
“One day after watching one of our games, I noticed a player praying to his dad, and it kind of hit me – I was like ‘that’s not fair, his dad should be there, “so that sparked the idea,” she says.
This player had lost his father to cancer, and so Zubec – the team’s student manager – quickly organized a fundraising campaign ahead of last year’s rematch.
“In these short 10 days that we had, we went door to door, we went out into the community and we raised funds,” she said.
The students raised nearly $5,000 for CancerCare last year, so they decided to do it again.
“We just decided ‘let’s do the same idea, but roll bigger,'” Zubec said.
Admission to Saturday’s game was by donation, and anyone donating $10 or more was entered into a draw to win prizes donated by local businesses. The event also raised funds with a barbecue, a 50/50 raffle and the sale of used football shirts.
The home team took the win as the Huskies beat the Buckeyes 24-0.
Zubec said it was great to see the community come together. “We came together as a family to help each other,” she said. “So whether we have parents or family who are battling cancer right now, everyone is honored here today.”