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Pink Day Fundraising


Since 2004, Westside Secondary School has raised funds for Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) and their annual “Dress for the Cause” fundraising campaign.

Pink Day is our school’s largest spirit day of the year, raising money for BCSC’s breast cancer awareness fundraiser. In the days leading up to Pink Day, students donate money in exchange for pink highlights in their hair, pink painted nails, cotton candy and cupcakes, with all proceeds going to the fundraising effort.

At the Pink Day assembly, nearly all of our 900 students show up wearing pink. Teachers and students face off in various competitions (tug-of-war, bottle-toss), and other contests. Each year several students and staff shave their heads and donate their hair to groups that make wigs for cancer patients.

In 2016, Westside raised over $24 000, and was recognized again as the top fundraiser in the country for “Dress for the Cause”. According to BCSC, Westside’s donation was higher than any other company or group in Canada in 2015 and 2016. “For the first time in our history, a group of students has surpassed the contribution of every other business in Canada,” said Kimberly Carson, CEO of BCSC.

“The continued spirit and commitment shown by Westside Secondary School  is absolutely inspiring. The selflessness of Westside’s student body and faculty sets an example for all Canadians.  We are deeply thankful for Westside’s support,” Carson said.

Breast cancer awareness is a deeply personal issue for many here at Westside. “We are passionate about hosting our Dress for the Cause event every year, as breast cancer has touched many families at Westside,” said teacher Christine Kirkland. “There is no greater event that brings together the spirit, hope and generosity of Westside and our community,” she said.

As the top fundraiser, a $5,000 donation will be made in the school’s honour to the local cancer treatment facility: The Headwaters Health Care Centre.

How can you be involved?

Westside is hosting a Pink Day Pancake Breakfast from 7:15-8:15am in the school cafeteria.  Donations of $2 or more will be accepted.  You can also support our school on the Breast Cancer Society’s Dress for the Cause website.