The Highland Grade 12 International Baccalaureate class is hosting a Halloween fun run to raise money, collect donations and raise awareness for the local non-profit organization Everyone Deserves A Smile.
Run by Comox Valley resident Chantal Stefan, this organization helps supply homeless people with warm winter clothes such as hats and coats as well as basic hygiene supplies.
Says Stefan, “Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) began as a grassroots project 12 years ago. EDAS works to inspire hundreds of students, school staffs and community members to come together, to work with one common purpose and to give with open hearts to those in need.
“Each year hundreds of hand-painted care packages, filled with homemade Christmas cards and community donations are made by students and handed out to those living on the streets of Vancouver Island, East Hastings,Vancouver and beyond. Although EDAS has focused on helping the homeless, it aspires to help everyone feel significant in some way.”
The fun run will take place Saturday, Oct. 31 at Seal Bay Park at 11 a.m. Two Halloween themed routes will be laid out, a short 1 km run for kids and a 6.5 km run for adults. Monetary, clothing or basic hygiene donations will be accepted. Costumes encouraged!