Canadian School Celebrates Student’s Legacy with an Exciting #SpreadtheNet Campaign

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Every year, schools across Canada fundraise to protect children from malaria through our Spread the Net campaign. Winners get to be on an episode of the Rick Mercer show, which is fun and exciting, but their donations help save lives and that’s what excites us the most.

Photo of mother and child with quote from mother about bed nets.

This year, we’d like to profile a school with a unique and touching story. 10 years ago, Stewarttown Public School tragically lost one of their student’s in a car accident. To honour Chelsea and her charitable spirit, the school wanted to “go big” for the 10th anniversary and decided to undertake a large fundraising effort for Spread the Net.

Chelsea has been described as a kind, generous, caring and giving person. “Her heart was so big and full of love. She wanted to help everyone and help save the world.”  It is our privilege that funds are being raised for Spread the Net in honour of such a wonderful young person.

A testament to Chelsea’s giving nature is the fact that she was in the midst of organizing a breast cancer walk and was raising money for cancer research when she passed. Her group of friends rallied together and, with the help of their Student Parliament, were able to finish what Chelsea started. Out of that experience, ‘Chelsea’s Charities’ was born and every year this parliament chooses and votes on a charity that they believe Chelsea would stand behind and support.

Teachers are the front of the gym each wearing a letter to spell out Spread the Net

The school wanted to do something exceptional to mark this special anniversary. The decision to fundraise for Spread the Net was inspired in part by their curriculum.

In Grade 8 geography, students learn about global inequalities. One of the topics they cover is malaria and how it impacts people in developing countries, their quality of life and how something so simple, like bed nets, can help save lives.

“If Chelsea were alive – she would take in this information and would want to promote change. She would be campaigning to raise awareness in the fight against malaria.”

With the support of the entire school, their community and Chelsea’s family and friends, Stewarttown Public School is trying their best to win the chance to be on Rick Mercer’s Show.

Here are some of the exciting activities they have hosted and some that are upcoming:

  • Mummify your Teacher – for every $50 raised for STN classes
  • would get 2 rolls of toilet paper to mummify their teacher
  • Busy Bee Market – students created handmade crafts and set up booths to sell them at our “Market” in the gym. All vendors bought tables from the Student Parliament and proceeds went to Spread the Net. Some kids even donated their booth’s profits to the cause!
  • Food Truck, Picnic and Spring Fling Dance
  • Pancake Day
  • Raffle for a Go Pro
  • Decorate your own cupcake sales
  • Dodgeball tournament
  • Leafs Ticket Draw

We are honoured that funds from these exciting activities will be helping protect children around the world from malaria.

You can help Spread the Net

Malaria kills more than 450,000 children every year and it’s entirely preventable! You can help spread the net by purchasing a bed net from our Gifts of Hope catalogue.

The $10 bed net is treated with insecticide and lasts up to three years. And this gift is matched with a ratio of 6:1 so your impact is magnified.

Buy a bed net now!