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Charity for children

Engineering students hold winter ball in support of families

Campus and Community

By Jackey Locke

For 10 years, engineering undergraduate students have held an annual charity ball fundraiser in support of local charities.

Last month, the event saw more than $20,000 donated in support of the Dr. Jack Hand Legacy Foundation by students of Engineering Student Society A.

Engineering Society A presented a $20,550 cheque to the Jack Hand Legacy Foundation during its annual Charity Ball.
Engineering Society A presented a $20,550 cheque to the Jack Hand Legacy Foundation during its annual Charity Ball.
Photo: Annette Whelan

Dr. Hand was a compassionate medical doctor who devoted his time to helping families in the province with children battling cancer until his passing in 2012. Now, his memorial foundation is devoted to continuing his legacy by providing financial assistance to parents whose children are undergoing treatments.

Erin Matthews is president of the society and is pleased with how the event went and how much money was raised.

“The lower price of oil was a large concern for us when contacting companies for sponsorships,” she said. “However, we have a network of generous companies, family and friends who really helped us make this event happen.”

Passionate students

Planning for the event began in the fall.

“Society A is a team of 14 students who truly went above and beyond to make this event as successful as it was,” said Ms. Matthews. “We were all very passionate about the work the foundation does for families in the province, and when you get a group of young leaders together, amazing things can happen!”

The event took place at the Johnson GEO CENTRE and included a cocktail reception, live music, silent and live auctions and a three-course dinner.

“A lot of hard work and planning goes into this annual event, and our students are commended on an excellent job in bringing the community together to support such an important cause,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “Giving back to the community is very important and we are so proud of our students.”


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