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Banting students rally for annual Marauders / OPP charity game

March 15, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Around 400 Banting Memorial High School students and supporters turned out for the third annual Copper Cup hockey game between the Banting Marauders and the Nottawasaga OPP Civics.

The Civics are all members of the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police.

The game helps “build a relationship between the police and youth,” said OPP Constable Lisa Cruz.

Students were able to attend the game after purchasing a T-shirt as a part of the school buy-out and fundraiser.

Each year the school selects a worthy recipient for funds raised during the game.

This year, the funds will go to the family of a Banting student who developed a sudden and rare medical condition and is still receiving treatment. Student Riley Mitchell is still recovering and will be out of class for the rest of the school year.

The funds are intended to help the family with the extra costs involved with medical care – especially when that involved the expense of travelling to a downtown Toronto hospital.

“We knew we were going to do it, but didn’t really have an idea of what we were going to do this year,” explained Banting Memorial High School vice principal, Brent Millsap. “Then one of our students had surgery over Christmas. He was rushed to hospital and had emergency surgery. The prognosis is great but the time frame is quite long.”

The school realized that there are additional costs incurred when a medical emergency happens and they wanted to help.

“It costs a lot of money for the family when your kid goes to SickKids (hospital),” Millsap said. “We decided this would be a great cause. He’s a fantastic kid – a Grade 11 kid – the happiest kid in the world. This will help out with the cost of travel and whatever else they need. If you’re fortunate enough not to have to go [to SickKids] you just don’t know the expense. We sold 400 T-shirts. That was the number we set. Kids paid $5 and that was their ticket out of school today. We had ten buses that brought everybody over. We sold out in two days. The OPP team play three local high schools as a community service idea. We’ll do another one next year. We love the student involvement. It’s a whole school thing.”

The school band provided the music and school choir performed the national anthem to kick off the game.


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