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Waking up to African relief

Chilliwack secondary school's African Relief Club is hosting a drive-thru banana bread and coffee fundraiser on Dec. 2

A group of students are sure they’ve hit the jackpot with a coffee and banana bread fundraiser.

On Dec. 2, before school starts, Chilliwack secondary school’s African Relief Club will be manning a drive thru in the school’s parking lot selling coffee and banana bread – all in the name of African relief.

“We know it’s impossible to change the world in such a short period of time, but we want to at least try and make a difference, whether it’s for one person, a small group of people, or a lot of people,” said Grade 12 student Shannon Hames.

And who wouldn’t enjoy a sweet slice of banana bread and a hot cup of joe chaser for breakfast?

That’s exactly what students in the African Relief Club thought.

This year the club has attracted more than 30 members, the most since it first started up at CSS seven years ago.

The club’s mandate is to raise awareness and funds for the underprivileged in Africa, primarily orphaned children in Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria.

Over the years, the work of the club has spread by word-of-mouth, presentations, and videos.

Gradually, more and more students wanted to get involved.

“Once you know, you have to do something – it’s impossible not to do anything,” said Hames.

“Everyone in our school is aware of what this club is about and I think this year a lot more of us really just wanted to get involved.”

Which has helped in generating unique fundraising ideas.

This year, students in the African Relief Club are looking at organizing a fundraising barbecue, pie auction, bake sale, mud volleyball tournament, and have even mulled around the idea of a tomato festival similar to that of La Tomatina in Valencia Spain.

But first up, the banana bread and coffee – a breakfast of champions – fundraiser.

The banana bread is being donated by Barbara Giraud, a renowned banana bread baker, and the coffee is being supplied by Decades.

Both will be served on Friday, Dec. 2 in the parking lot of CSS from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. out of a mobile container supplied by Loewen Mobile Mini Storage.

Students will also be serving during the morning break from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. and over the lunch hour from 11:20 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information, visit the African Relief Club’s Facebook page.

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