Above: Sara Farid, Regional Coordinator Western Region Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, accepts a cheque for $4500 from Debra Kaplar and ATA Local #23 at a district luncheon held Oct. 13 at the board office in St. Albert. – Lucie Roy Photo

by Lucie Roy

Greater St. Albert Catholic School’s 150th Anniversary goal of raising $200,000 to rebuild schools affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is $4500 closer to reality after a donation from ATA Local #23.

Sara Farid, Regional Coordinator Western Region Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, accepted the $4500 cheque from Debra Kaplar and ATA Local #23 at a district luncheon held Oct. 13 at the board office in St. Albert.

After a meal of authentic Filipino cuisine, participants watched a slide presentation and discussed District plans for the project.

Marie Gamache-Haupman, Louis Kloster, and GSACRD Superintendent David Keohane went to the Philippines August 12 to 21 and participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for Pope Francis Village, located two kilometres from the site the school.

That school will be an elementary school with six classrooms to house 500 students in the Model Community in Tacloban.

Carol Bruineman GSACRD Communications Manager said though the target goal is $200,000, some schools may have discussed setting their individual targets. As of the summer break District schools has raised $35000 of the $200,000 goal. The Oct. 13 donation from ATA Local #23 puts the project closer to target.

MCHS’ Rotary Interact Club is also participating in the initiative, setting up boxes to collect money. As money is collected, they will build a silhouette of the school with Lego blocks.

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Rotary member Kathy Sandmaier sets up a collection box at MCHS for the Philippine project. The MCHS Rotary Interact Club is spearheading the fundraising project.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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