25,000 pounds of food collected – Ontario News

25,000 pounds of food collected – Ontario News

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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