Hedley Play Concert at Perth High School that Won Cancer Fight Fundraiser Draw

By Aaron Brophy 10/4/16 | www.samaritanmag.com

Hedley performing at St. John — photo via Canadian Cancer Society
A Perth, Ontario high school's ability to earn cha-ching for a good cause has scored its students a special concert from chart-topping Canadian pop band Hedley.

St. John Catholic High School earned the visit from Hedley by virtue of the students having raised $54,000 towards cancer research last year as part of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life Youth school-based fundraising campaign. St. John was selected via draw of ballots from high schools and post-secondary schools that hosted Relay For Life Youth fundraisers in 2015.

"We are really excited to be aligned with such an amazing organization," said Hedley bassist Tommy Mac in a statement. "This is a very personal cause for me because I beat my own battle with cancer in 2011. We are honoured to have a part in this larger fight, and to be able to help people whose lives have been touched by this disease."

Over the last 15 years, the St. John school has raised $750,000 from Relay For Life Youth events. The Relay is a 12-hour, overnight, non-competitive event that's traditionally held in school gymnasiums which features fundraising teams and cancer survivors taking turns walking laps all night.

"I’m incredibly proud of the commitment and dedication our students and community have had in the fight against cancer," added David Peters, teacher and Relay For Life Youth lead at St. John Catholic High School.

The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life Youth has been taking place since 2002 in schools across Ontario. In that time more than 300 schools have held more than 1,000 events which have raised $30 million for cancer research.

Canadian Cancer Society, which oversees the program, is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Established in 1938, the organization supports people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy.

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