A group of Grade 7 girls from Twin Rivers Elementary have never met Corbin Lew, but because he’s part of their school’s community, they want to help him.
Chantel Wayling, Victoria Apostoliuk and Kyra Gedig found out Lew was diagnosed with lymphoma via Gedig’s father who works with Lew’s father.
“We said, ‘why don’t we start a fundraiser?’” Apostoliuk said.
After last week’s cupcake sale organized by Lew’s Grade 5 class and Saturday’s garage and bake sale at the legion, this Sunday will be the girls’ fundraiser.
On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the banquet room at the Sandman, there will be a silent auction as well as games and prizes — with all money raised going to the Lew family.
“He’s young and he deserves to live a long life,” Wayling said.
The girls have been hitting the pavement for the last week collecting donations for the auction (Apostoliuk estimated the girls have logged about nine hours walking around Castlegar to various businesses.)
“We’ve probably had over $1,000 donated in products,” Wayling said.
Items include a $200 photo shoot from Vogue Portraits and Cameras, gift baskets from the Bass Player’s Daughter and ReInvented, as well as other donations from Oglow’s, Aeon Studio, Avenues, Kel Print, Curves and the Greek Oven.
“Just lots of stuff,” Apostoliuk said, “I can’t even name it all.”
Before the fundraiser, the girls plan on baking a number of cakes for a cakewalk, and they’ve also had various businesses donate more cakes too.
Games will include face painting, karaoke, cookie decorating, jellybean count and a crafts table where people can participate in writing cards for Corbin.
Prizes will be awarded for the various games.
The girls said they’re hoping for a big turnout.
“Every day of the week we’ve been working on it somehow,” Apostoliuk said.