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Festive jog brings out qathet community for good cause

Money raised will go to local food bank and people in need
JOLLY FUNDRAISER: Students For Change is a student-run club at Brooks Secondary School. [From left] are members Isa Yeh, Gabby Marshman, Elia Michel, Tyler Rankin, Hannah Harry, Matteo Trevisanutto, Elise English, Frances Gagnon, Adriana Vanderkemp, Lindsay Sloan and Sienna Foley.

Students for Change club at Brooks Secondary School is once again organizing the Jingle Jog, a community run/walk fundraiser happening on Sunday, December 3. 

This will be the fourth year for the event that is dedicated to raising funds and donations for Powell River Action Centre Food Bank.

“This year we are hoping to raise over $2,000 for the local food bank,” said Students for Change leader Elise English. “Our group loves organizing this fundraiser because it brings the town together during the festive season. The money and donations will help out families in need who live within our community this Christmas season.”

English said participants can run or walk three kilometre or six kilometre distances.

“The route is through the forest behind Brooks on a marked-off and safe trail,” said English. “We will have volunteers at different points of the route to cheer you on and make sure you’re on the right track.”

English, who is a grade 12 student at Brooks, has been a part of Students for Change club for three years, but this is her first time leading the group. The student club is about creating positive change in the qathet community and at the school. More than $20,000 has been raised for various charities in the region over the past 12 years. 

“I'm very happy with the school and student involvement this year; we have a great group,” said English. “Being a part of the Jingle Jog for the past couple years has been a blast.”

English said there will be some prizes given out, provided by local organizations.

“I visited the local food bank earlier this year,” she added. “I never realized how much they appreciate fundraisers like the Jingle Jog. So this year I'm hoping for the best turnout yet. I'm aiming to have over 100 participants.” 

Registration costs $10 per person or $25 per family of four (cash only) and begins at 9 am. The main event starts at 10 am.

For those who prefer to preregister, they can do so at the Peak office (4493F Marine Avenue), TAWS Bike Garage (4597 Marine Avenue) or at Brooks (5400 Marine Avenue). Students for Change will also be accepting donations and nonperishable food items on the day of the Jingle Jog.

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