The Terry Fox Secondary grad class of 2013 had a dream. Their wish was to contribute toward a greater cause and leave their high school with a lasting legacy.
The grad students chose to partner with Free the Children to build a school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Their goal was to raise $8,500 towards the construction of a new school building for the community. But what they accomplished far exceeded what the grads expected, even in their wildest imaginations.
At the start of their journey, the students approached Exan Group to join them in their legacy mission. Not being one to shy away from a challenge, Ted DeVries, President of Exan Group, jumped at the opportunity to help and offered to match dollar-for-dollar what the legacy team raised.
“We were excited and honored to help the Terry Fox Secondary legacy team with their mission,” said Ted DeVries of Exan Group. “We’re committed to our community and are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to give back.”
Over the course of ten months, the student-run team organized several fundraising events. And their hard work paid off. The students “smashed” their goal, raising a whopping $9,524.40 towards the building of the school.
As promised, Exan matched what the legacy team raised, doubling the total donation to $19,048.80.
The Terry Fox Secondary graduating class of 2013 now has enough money to donate to the construction of the new school, the production of a clean water well, and the satisfaction of contributing to an alternate, sustainable, living income.
“Without Exan’s generous donation this would not have been possible!” remarked legacy team member Shelley Varady, of Terry Fox Secondary. “On behalf of the legacy group, we thank you!”
The school will provide the children of Sierra Leone the education, tools and skills they need, to earn and sustain an income.