Crafty students go out in the cold to help others

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A few CEC students were shivering in the cold early Saturday morning as they took part in a program help others. They sold baked goods and crafts at the Truro Farmers’ Market to raise funds for disaster relief in the Philippines. 

Students from the CEC IB program were selling crafts and baked goods at the Truro Farmers’ Market Saturday morning to raise money for disaster relief in the Philippines. Venturing out on the cold morning were, from left; Jacob Bilby, Ian Henderson, Sam Byers, Alex Yorke, Rumana Rafiq and Ella Porter.

Because the indoor space was full they dressed warmly and set up outside.

Students in the Cobequid Educational Centre’s International Baccalaureate program take part in a service project each year. This year they decided to do what they could to help people in the Philippines whose homes and communities were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November.

“Until December 9 the Canadian government is matching donations,” said Rumana Rafiq, one of the students. “The money we raise will go to the Red Cross to help with things like search and rescue and emergency supplies.”

The students, who are in Grades 11 and 12, made the majority of the crafts they sold, with others being donated by family members.

“For two weeks we met after school to make things,” explained Rafiq. “We learned some new crafts by sharing what we knew with others and looking on YouTube. The fabric ornaments were a struggle.”

Along with ornaments they made things such as cards, jewellery, scarves and cushions.

There was a core group of 10 leading in the efforts but others pitched in when they were able.

Jacob Bilby, whose mother is from the Philippines, was another student taking part in the fundraiser on Saturday.

“My mother’s family was fortunate and a lot of the storm missed them,” he said. “One of her friends is very worried though because she can’t get in touch with her family now. A lot of their communication was through Skype and now they’re unable to use that.”

The IB students also organized a Sunday afternoon flea market in the front foyer of the CEC, selling items donated by students, family members and businesses.

Organizations: Cobequid Educational Centre, Red Cross

Geographic location: Philippines

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