Amped up students from Lillian Osborne High School kicked off their annual Rock-A-Thon fundraiser on a very cold Friday evening mid-March in Edmonton, Alberta. This year’s student-organized campaign raised over $51,000 in support of War Child, giving children in war-affected communities the chance to access education, opportunity and justice.

Each year, teams compete to raise the most funds for their charity of choice, as voted for by the study body. This year, War Child was the lucky beneficiary. Harnoor Kochar, 2017 Rock-A-Thon Chair explains that:

“Rock-A-Thon brings together a community of spirited and engaged students at Lillian Osborne with organizations doing important, life changing—and often saving—work across the globe. Over the three years that I’ve been involved as an organizer, it has only grown to encompass the drive of the school’s students to make an everlasting, positive impact – locally, nationally, and globally. We were ecstatic to partner with War Child Canada this year and hope that our donation can support children lead better and more empowered lives.”

355 students in over 30 teams arrived at school for a night of rocking (literally in a chair, brought from home), among other activities. One of the gymnasiums was converted into headquarters, rivaling lux music festival campgrounds with air mattresses and TVs with video games. The other was set up for multiple events including the opening ceremony, minute-to-win-it games, a midnight dance party and 2 am dodge ball tournament—all to help rescue childhood.

War Child’s Mimosa Kabir attended the event.  “War Child is extremely grateful to students and staff at Lillian Osborne High School. Your hard work and enthusiasm to make this year’s Rock-A-Thon your most successful one yet will have a significant impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world.   Our work would not be possible without support from dedicated individuals like those who organized and attended this fabulous fundraiser.  Thank you.”

If you are interested in having your school host a similar event to raise funds to support War Child, please contact Mimosa Kabir at mimosa@warchild.ca or 416-971-7474 ext. 460.

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