Left to right: Alexis Alexopoulos (Police Foundations), Brandon Mackenzie (Police Foundations), Sally Dunton (Community Fundraising Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District), and Cathy Keaney-Burns (Senior Manager, Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie Community Offices)
SUDBURY – No one should have to deal with cancer, especially children.
The Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury and District (CCS) and students at Cambrian College are doing their part to help children “bear” that burden.
Students in the Police Foundations program have again partnered with the CCS for their 11th annual Teddy Bear Picnic Auction.
For the rest of the month, students will be approaching local businesses, organizations, and individuals, asking them to purchase and donate teddy bears which will then be auctioned at the Teddy Bear Picnic. Students in several other Cambrian programs are also taking part, including Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, and Nursing.
“I’m so proud of the students who take this project to heart every year and give of their time to help others,” says David Lalonde, Coordinator of Cambrian’s Police Foundations program. “Volunteerism and community service are essential to modern-day policing, and quite frankly, all branches of public service, from nursing to education to social work. Our students are not only raising money for an excellent cause, but they are learning a valuable lesson, that contributing to the community doesn’t end when your shift is over. It’s making them better citizens, which makes them better public servants, and in the case of my students, better police officers.”
The Teddy Bear Picnic Auction is taking place Saturday, November 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Centre during Cambrian College’s annual Fall Open House at its main campus on Barrydowne Road in Sudbury.
Proceeds from the auction will be used for childhood cancer research.
“Because of the dedication, enthusiasm and commitment from the staff and students from the Police Foundations program, $113,062.50 have been raised and donated to the Canadian Cancer Society’s cutting-edge childhood cancer research,” says Cathy Keaney-Burns, Senior Manager, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Mare Community offices. “The Teddy Bear Picnic Auction brings the community together in the fight against cancer.”
A&W Restaurant in Sudbury has returned as a major sponsor for this year’s Teddy Bear Picnic Auction.
“I remember our first meeting in 2007 at the A&W on Lasalle Blvd when we were approached by the Canadian Cancer Society. A&W continues to be a very proud sponsor of the Teddy Bear Picnic Auction and grateful for the remarkable passion from the Police Foundations students at Cambrian College,” adds Suzanne Gaudreault, Owner and Operator, A&W Sudbury.
There is free admission and parking to the November 3rd Teddy Bear Picnic Auction and Fall Open House. Any individual or business interested in donating a teddy bear can contact Sally Dunton, Community Fundraising Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, 705-670-1234, ext. 3176, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathy Keaney Burns
Manager, Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District Office
705-670-1234, extension 3711
Manager, Communications, Cambrian College
705-566-8101, extension 6302