During the week of February 13, the school was abuzz with activity for UTS Charity Week (UCW).
Each year, UTS students vote on which organization will be the beneficiary of the many fundraising events and activities held at UTS during UCW. This year, Second Harvest, a Toronto-based food-rescue program, was selected. Second Harvest collects and delivers fresh, surplus food to a range of charitable organizations and social service agencies. Since the food is rescued, the impact of donations is amplified: every $1 donated to Second Harvest provides two meals.
Our Student Outreach Coordinators (SOCs) took the lead in organizing UCW along with staff supervisor Nandita Bajaj, Head of Admissions, and they pulled out all the stops! Events included a multicultural lunch, teacher-student volleyball, a Chess for Change tournament that pitted 20 teachers against three students, Family Feud, a carnival and movie night. In addition, a silent auction included tickets to sports events (Blue Jays, Maple Leafs), services (website design, acupuncture sessions), special lunch invitations (with Principal Evans and with VP Garth Chalmers), and video and board games.
The goal was to surpass our 2016 total of $6,000 – and we did it! With the combined efforts of students, staff, parents and alumni we raised almost $9,000 for Second Harvest, funds that will provide more than 18,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in the City of Toronto. That's enough to feed four families of four for over a year. What’s more, we earned a place among Second Harvest’s 2017 Top-20 Fundraisers!
It's great to know that the results of our fundraising initiative will positively impact Second Harvest clients around the city for months to come.
Pictured: The SOCS were the engine that drove UCW! L-R: Julia, Hayle, Arlene, Nandita Bajaj (Head of Admissions), Amy and Hermish.