‘Heroes for the Hungry’

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Students at Springhill High are putting on a brave face and championing a local food bank for the opportunity to attend a youth-empowering concert in Halifax next month.

SPRINGHILL – The number of students who can attend We Day is growing.

The only stop in Atlantic Canada for the youth-empowering concert featuring such acts as Tyler Shaw and Hedley, as well as guest speakers Martin Sheen and Martin Luther King III, will have more than a handful of attendees from the area, after a batch of tickets were awarded to Springhill High and the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Centre for the November 27th show in Halifax.

A total of 50 tickets to the coveted concert were given to the Springhill High School, bringing the number of tickets available in Springhill to 70, and the students who will receive the school’s portion are becoming heroes for their community.

“We have to earn our way to We Day,” SHS’s Susan MacDonald said Thursday. “We chose a local project right out of the We Day idea. We chose a local food bank to support and are doing Heroes for the Hungry.” 

To kickoff the announcement at the school’s first coffee house for the student body on Thursday morning, committee members donned capes and tights to personify their commitment and issue a challenge to the students to work hard and support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s food bank.

The school will hold a two-week blitz to obtaining non-perishable food items, MacDonald said, and on November 6, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. students will canvass the community. Dances and a movie night will also be held to support the effort.

“We’re also setting up a table at a [Cumberland County] Blues game,” student Forest Gallagher said. “Admission will be $5 with a food donation.”

The students on the committee are earning their We Day tickets, MacDonald said, and organizers will keep track of the remaining student donations. From those participating, tickets will be awarded to attend the We Day concert.

The Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre tickets will be used as prizes at the annual Halloween Dance.

“We will be coordinating with the community centre to make sure we’re not offering a ticket to anyone who already has one after the Halloween Dance,” MacDonald said.

The Halifax event will feature Canadian singer and songwriter Tyler Shaw, Hedley, Shawn Desman, Classified and Kardinal Offishall. Guest speakers include actor and activist Martin Sheen, former Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean and Martin Luther King III – human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To learn more about We Day, visit www.weday.com.

Organizations: Marion Murray Centre, Springhill High School

Geographic location: Halifax, Atlantic Canada, Cumberland County

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