The Rotary Interact Club at St Albert High School presents a cheque to Father Denis in May 2013
In April 2013 students at St Albert Catholic High School mounted a successful Wake-a-thon fundraiser in support of building a community centre in the town of Belén in southern Nicaragua. Members of the school's Rotary Interact Club knew they were taking on a big challenge -- the projected cost of the centre was $40,000..
They rose to the challenge, rallying trememdous enthusiasm for the Wake-a-thon and signing up 200 participants for the the 30-hour event. There was plenty of food and entertainment to keep students awake. The students raised $24,000 in the initial fundraiser.
The students' successful campaign in 2013 allowed for an early start to the project, and planning is underway for preliminary work on the community centre. Building is expected to commence in the fall of 2014.
In 2014 the students mounted a second Wake-a-thon with the goal of raising another $16,000 for the building project. On March 28th the tired students were all smiles at the conclusion of an all-nighter which netted a further $15,000 for the community centre.
The enthusiasm doesn't end there, however. Several students are talking of initiating a delegation to Nicaragua to swing hammers with Belén residents in the latter stages of construction and celebrate the opening with townspeople in the spring of 2015.