Story and photos by Stephanie Foden
Students of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I. held a fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Kitchen showcasing the school’s musical talent at Coffee Culture on May 16. Admission to the event at the coffee house on 22 King St. W. was free, but donations were encouraged.
In addition to the live entertainment, the high school students raised funds during the week at the school by making buttons for a small fee and collecting spare change during homeroom and lunch. The students are raising the funds as part of their ‘legacy assignment’.
“The legacy assignment is our last hoorah of leaving something with this school, this community before graduating,” said Tim Hance, a student of R.S. McLaughlin and one of the organizers of the event.
Hance said the student chose to support St. Vincent’s Kitchen because it’s local and they provide a great service to the community.
St. Vincent’s is a nonprofit organization that started in 1990 by a group of Oshawa residents, striving to help those in need in the Durham Region. With the help of volunteers, churches and numerous organizations, it offers low-cost daily meals in a dignified manner. The organization operates with no government funding, only on monetary and food donations.
The students thought it would be most effective to hold a live entertainment fundraiser because of the variety of musical talent in the high school.
“We thought it was the best expression of R.S. McLaughlin’s talent,” said Hance. “It was incredible both financial wise, audience wise and performance wise. “