The pounding of feet on concrete stairs. The cheers of over 1500 secondary school students. Face paint, school colours, horns, boas and signs. Friendly competition all in the name of supporting local community. That was the scene at the Woodstock Complex on November 2nd all in support of United Way Oxford’s 14th annual Student Stairclimb. Together, they celebrated a record achievement of $40,543.
“Youth in Oxford County have a tremendous desire to give back. Look at this turn out. I am beyond words. They came in by the bus loads. They celebrated each other and they raised a lot of money to invest in local targeted programs,” said Rachel Robinson, United Way Oxford Resource Development Coordinator.
The energy and enthusiasm of this event started well beyond the students entering the Complex. For the month of October, young leaders from secondary schools across the county took the challenge of getting their peers involved. They challenged them to show up. “This event is so much fun,” said Robinson. “I remember being a part of this day when I was a student at St. Mary’s. Now I get to be a part of celebrating what this day really means to our community.”
Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute was crowned Stairclimb champions for the 14th straight year. This group raised a whopping $16,700. WCI took the ice challenge successfully maneuvering through games like hungry hippo and magic carpet ride. CASS, St Mary’s, Glendale and Huron Park all did their school and community proud. “We want to thank every single student for participating today. The strength of this event, its success is a result of your collective effort. We appreciate you,” said Robinson.
Since the inception of Stairclimb in 2004, over $275,000 has been raised! It takes many community partners working together to make this event happen. United Way Oxford would like to thank Meridian Credit Union for generously sponsoring this initiative and supporting these young people by giving them a platform to come together.
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