Students help to pass on a little kindness

Yvette d'Entremont
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Centre for Arts & Technology students Stacy McRae, Phil Bourque, Shawna Burgess, Cole McLean and (front) Jessica McCarvell, Taylor Mattie, Soheila Hashami. (Taylor Mattie)

If you missed the free cookies a group of students passed around on Barrington Street last week, another random act of kindness will unfold every Friday until Sept. 20.

A group of event promotions and management students from the Centre for Arts & Technology have successfully pulled off a few different events in Halifax over the past few months. Some of their initiatives have included organizing weddings, hosting a hip-hop show and pulling off a successful Summer Solstice event in Victoria Park.

They wanted their last project before graduation to be a larger scale event that would benefit a charity. After some collaboration they agreed on an auction event to be hosted Sept. 20. John Dunsworth (best known for his role as Mr. Leahy on Trailer Park Boys), was quick to sign on, and will also serve as auctioneer.

The initiative will raise funds for Chisholm Services for Children, a Nova Scotia based charity that provides a long-term residential care program specializing in early intervention care for children.

"We looked at many charities, but found Chisholm Services for Children and it was a perfect fit," says student organizer Jessica McCarvell.

In the lead-up to the event, the student organizers are hosting "acts of kindness" Fridays. Free cookies are just the beginning.

"Every week leading up to the auction we wanted to do something nice for the community, to put a smile on someone's face," explains student organizer Phil Bourque.

The Sept. 20 event will feature live performances in addition to a live and silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar.

The students are looking for and accepting donation items until Sept. 10. So far supporters have donated concert tickets, a bathroom vanity, a Liquid Gold gift basket, a Dartmouth Sportsplex membership, a golf pass and numerous gift certificates.

To donate auction items, email or go to for more information.



Event: Acts of Kindness benefit for Chisholm Services for Children

When: Sept. 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: World Trade and Convention Center, Summit Room

Cost: $35 per ticket in advance, $40 at the door. Buy a group of 10 tickets, get a 10 per cent discount

Contact: Shawna Burgess, 902-423-9871.

Tickets can be bought or picked up at 5724 South St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.



Organizations: Chisholm Services for Children, Trailer Park Boys

Geographic location: Barrington Street, Halifax, Victoria Park

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