Springhill Habitat For Humanity challenge accepted

SHS, NSCC in fun fundraising war

Christopher Gooding cgooding@citizenrecord.ca
Published on February 7, 2014

Springhill High’s Cody Rector has challenged first-year carpentry student Chantal Stoddard and all of the students at Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus to best the high school’s fundraising for the Habitat For Humanity Springhill project. Both Rector and Stoddard are members of the local committee.

Christopher Gooding photo

SPRINGHILL – Things are heating up between two of Springhill’s academic centres, and all for a good cause.

Students with the Springhill High School have issued a challenge to Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus to try their best to out do their first fundraiser for the Habitat For Humanity Springhill, an effort SHS student and Habitat For Humanity committee member Cody Rector said was two-weeks of a lot of fun.

“We were sitting with the fundraiser committee and the idea of a coin drive came up and we thought it would do well,” Rector said. So, we went to the students and they took to it very well. “

The “Change For Change” coin drive pitted class against class with a total of 10 teams working with the school’s administration to raise as much money as they could in the two-week timeframe.

“We had a table set up with our guidance councilor, Susan MacDonald, a student from the team. On the table were bags with team names on it and students dumped their money into the team they wanted to support,” Rector said.

The premise seems easy enough, but this was a competitive fundraiser. If a general donation came in, whichever team representative was present at the fundraising table could funnel the goodwill towards their team’s glory, enticing fundraisers to be present and make a pro-active pitch to their fellow students to dig deep and help them win.

“Just to give you an idea how competitive it was, two teams were neck-and-neck and one of the students called here father and said ‘We’re losing,’ and he brought in $50,” Rector said. “Another student kept on being asked to bring in whatever coins he had at home until he finally did. He brought in about $100 in change.”

When the dust settled and the coins were rolled and counted, SHS raised $914.86.

And now they’re challenging NSCC to give it a shot. Rector met with NSCC students on Thursday to make his pitch and create awareness for the Habitat For Humanity build that will take place in Springhill. Presently, the local committee is accepting family applications for the hand-up program that offers a no-down payment, interest-free mortgage to a family looking to break the cycle of renting. The application deadline is Feb. 14th, and once a family has been chosen fundraising will be a major component towards the success of the project, destined to be built at the corner of Main and Princess Street in Springhill.

“Between $30 -35,000 needs to be fundraised for the build,” Habitat For Humanity Springhill co-chair and NSCC School of Trades and Technology faculty Cheryl Veinotte-Mackey said. “Labour doesn’t count in that portion, but product could. If a company was going to offer product it counts.”

Products like new windows, heat pumps, cabinetry and even appliances will all help lower the overall fundraising that needs to take place during the build, Veinotte-Mackey said.

“If someone was able to do the foundation, that would be huge to the project,” she said.

To follow the Habitat For Humanity Springhill project, visit their Facebook page.