Local students from multiple schools were tops in the country during the 2016 WE Scare Hunger campaign.
In partnership with Ford Canada, a total of 25,000 pounds of food — or 25 F-150s full — were collected in the municipality, with a special celebration taking place Thursday at Victory Ford Lincoln in Chatham.
Participating schools included Ursuline College Chatham, Chatham-Kent Secondary School, John McGregor Secondary School, St. Ursula, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Anne.
“It’s amazing. Every year we seem to collect more cans … It’s a nice collaborative effort,” said Kathy Kearns, UCC teacher and staff advisor. “The kids are giving back and providing a service. That’s one of the virtues we promote and instill in our students.”
The collection efforts consist of students going door-to-door throughout Chatham-Kent on Halloween to ask residents for non-perishable donations.
Kearns also credited the Victory Ford Lincoln team for their assistance and contributions as a community partner.
Adam Lally, dealership general manager, thanked everyone involved in the campaign.
“It all starts with people caring about other people and wanting to make a difference,” he said.
WE is a youth-led social justice organization involved in numerous initiatives throughout the world.
Spencer West, WE ambassador, spoke to the gathering and praised their latest accomplishments.
Due to a genetic disease, West had to have his legs amputated as a child.
However, he never let this stop him from making the most out of his life — which even included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
West also travelled to such places as Kenya to help with various…
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