50/50 draw proposed by LDSS student helps people in Alberta

The student leadership body donated $3000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

The district student voice – a district wide student leadership body – recently donated $3000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help people affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

The idea came from Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) Grade 12 student Courtland Mack, who provided much of the leadership around the project.

“After seeing the devastation online, on the news and on my phone, I had the inspiration to do something to help,” he said. “Not only could it happen to our area, but it’s what makes us Canadians – helping others in times of need.”

After Mack proposed his idea to the district student voice, four schools were involved in the 50/50 draw – LDSS, Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary, Fort St. James Secondary School and Nechako Valley Secondary School.

“As a district we sold about 3500 tickets, which raised just over $7000,” said Mack. “After the draw and expenses, we donated in excess of $3000 to the Canadian Red Cross for their effort in Fort McMurray.”

The winner of the 50/50 draw was Dustin Shields, from Vanderhoof, who won $3000. The winner was picked on May 30, 2016.

“We wanted to finish the draw prior to the graduation and examination,” said Mack.

Speaking on behalf of the district student voice, Mack said they were impressed with the community for their support.

“We are constantly amazed by the support in our communities, especially for causes that help others, such as those in Fort McMurray.”