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Students deliver the goods for Cowichan Valley Basket Society

Robin Fleming, Alessa Mateos and Maria Paola Garcia jump for joy after their chosen charity, the Cowichan Valley Food Basket Society, was selected to receive $5,000 in the Queen Margaret
Robin Fleming, Alessa Mateos and Maria Paola Garcia jump for joy after their chosen charity, the Cowichan Valley Food Basket Society, was selected to receive $5,000 in the Queen Margaret's School Grade 9 Leadership class Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.
— image credit: courtesy QMS

The efforts of three Queen Margaret's School students have paid off with a $5,000 reward for the Cowichan Valley Basket Society.

The team of Robin Fleming, Alessa Mateos and Maria Paola Garcia made the winning presentation to a panel of judges that included staff members and students Tuesday. As a result, their chosen charity will receive the grant from the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.

The program gives groups of students the opportunity to choose a grass roots social service charity and make their best pitch about why it's worthy of receiving the funds.

The QMS Grade 9 Leadership class has been a longtime participant in the program.

The students each researched the aims and objectives of their charities and how they serve the community.

"All seven of the presentations were well organized, heartfelt and a wonderful way to share the stories of our local grass roots organizations who are here building a better community in the Cowichan Valley,'' noted Hayley Picard, the communications coordinator for QMS.

"We are very proud of all the Grade 9 QMS students, and happy for the winning team.''

Colleen Fuller of the basket society was pretty happy when she got the news, too.

"I'm very excited,'' she said. "That is so awesome.

"I think what's so awesome more than the money is these kids showed that initiative.''

Fuller said one of the things the society needed was a video for marketing. The students did that and it will help the society immensely in its awareness campaigns.

Fuller said the money will come in handy for a variety of purposes, including topping up hampers.

"We'll buy the extra things that we don't always have,'' she said.

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