Students raise $19,000 at Youth Relay for Life event

More than 100 students and staff at Ponoka Composite High School raised more than $19,000 during a Youth Relay for Life event at the school at the end of May.

More than 100 students and staff at Ponoka Composite High School raised more than $19,000 during a Youth Relay for Life event at the school at the end of May.

Ponoka Composite High School student Samantha Sperber took part in the Red Deer Relay for Life last year, but wanted to go a step further and organize one for youth this year.

“Two years ago I found out that my grandfather had cancer. I had known quite a few people in my community who had both lost their lives to the disease and overcome it, so I wanted to get involved in some way to raise money and awareness to stop the disease,” Sperber said in a press release.

The Ponoka students spent the night camped out in a tent city, participating in a team tug-o-war, scavenger hunt, team spirt and campsite judging.

The students far exceeded their goal by $5,000 and will give the money raised to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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