November 18, 2018

Get your sweat on and raise money for charity

Get some exercise and help out a charity at the same time. Get Jacked for RHWR will be held on Sunday, April 15 by a group of Conestoga bachelor of public relations students at the Grand Valley Country Club in Cambridge. It is a two-hour workout class affiliated with local business Proactive Training and Nutrition. Proactive is donating time and equipment to run a one-hour boot camp class and a … Continued

CANstruction helps boost local food donations

BY RILEY LINSEMAN CANstruction is a unique charity art exhibition that raises funds, food and awareness for food banks. The international event was hosted locally by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. From March 10 to 19, great structures built from unopened cans and other food items stood proudly in Conestoga Mall. Fifteen teams each built a structure, many featuring a theme on Canada’s 150th birthday. Many participants incorporated Canada’s … Continued

Taking the plunge for a good cause

BY SHARON SAMUEL Is there any better way to contribute to a charity than jumping into cold water on a cold day? Conestoga Students Inc. hosted the 36th annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 17 outside the Doon campus cafeteria. The initiative raises money each year for a charity. “Every year all the proceeds that are raised from our polar plungers, the people who are participating, go to a charity that … Continued

Christkindl Market Dec. 1-4

BY MEGHAN WEATHERALL Kitchener’s Victoria Park will be filled Dec. 1 with carolers bundled up in coats and mitts, who will encircle a newly lit tree filled with dazzling Christmas lights. From there these hundreds of market attendees will march toward Kitchener City Hall, where over 90 vendors will serve traditional German cuisine and sell knickknacks and hot chocolate. A welcome ceremony will be held that includes a prologue by … Continued

United Way jitterbugs to 75

BY MELODIE LARIVIERE United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area celebrated its 75th anniversary by going back to the beginning. The fundraiser, Social Graces, was used to both celebrate and give back to the variety of agencies they support. “It is a fundraising event but it’s really more about the recognition of the people who help us out,” said Brian Bourke, United Way’s media and communications specialist. Organizers brought it back … Continued

“Chairity” gala helps fund home sweet homes

BY ASHLEY NEQUEST  The Waterloo Region Museum hosted interior decorating students, up-cycled chairs and those ready to donate to Habitat for Humanity on March 22. Conestoga second-year interior decorating students spent the last few weeks of their first semester “up-cycling” old chairs to auction off at the annual “Chairity” gala. “Some of these chairs were destined for the dump,” said Leslee Squirrell, interior decorating program co-ordinator. “Instead they will be … Continued

Chairs ready for ‘Chairity’

BY ASHLEY NEQUEST The end of a semester is typically a swirl of study notes and final papers; for the second-year interior decorating students it has been slightly different. Through “up-cycling” old chairs into works of art, quite literally, students have finished their semester in a flurry of fabric, paint and pride. During the past few weeks the students have taken on the difficult task of completely redesigning old chairs … Continued

Giving back this Christmas

BY MARISSA CUDDY Christmas isn’t just about getting presents, it is about spending time with family and giving back to others in need. There are many organizations in and around Kitchener looking for donations this month and next. Giving back doesn’t just mean donating – there are lots of other things people can do like open a door for a stranger, help someone across the road, smile or volunteer somewhere. … Continued

November is diabetes month

BY CHRISTEL ALLISON It’s November, which means it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 14. The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick G. Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921. Best also helped create the Diabetes Association of Ontario in the 1940s, which became the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) in … Continued

‘Chairity’ gala raises $5,000

By NATALEIGH MCCALLUM One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, especially when it comes to old chairs. Students in Conestoga’s interior decorating program know this well. They refurbished old chairs and auctioned them off at their fourth annual “Chairity” Gala on March 10, raising $5,000 in the process. The event was held at the Waterloo Region Museum and was sold out. The gala showcased chairs “up-cycled” by students, faculty and … Continued