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The Second Annual Sackville High School Dance Marathon raises $53,412.74 for the IWK

April 16, 2015

Halifax, NS -  Students participating in the second annual Sackville High School Dance Marathon have raised $53,412.74 in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, the IWK. More than 1,000 students from 14 additional participating schools in Halifax Regional Municipality came together Thursday night for six hours of dancing and entertainment in celebration of their fundraising efforts in support of the IWK Foundation.

“The IWK is an incredible health care resource to many of the students and their families within the Halifax Regional School Board. The students involved with the organization and fundraising for this tremendous event have shown incredible leadership and dedication to the cause. The community support and spirit that have come as a result of Dance Marathon has been inspirational and has contributed to tonight’s huge success,” says Marilyn MacGibbon, Vice-Principal of Sackville High and one of the organizing leads for Dance Marathon.

The main driving force behind Sackville High School’s six-hour Dance Marathon has been a committed group of student volunteers with the help of supportive faculty and staff. “Last year we were introduced to this amazing event and we couldn’t pass up the chance to grow it this year. Dance Marathon has helped us, as students, to be empowered to work together and do good for our community. It feels so great to watch it all come together and know that we are helping the IWK and our fellow students and families who need it,” says student organizer Keegan Pettipas-Repchull.

Throughout the evening students not only danced away, they were also inspired by meeting past and present IWK patients who shared their personal health care journey. The dancers were also treated to special musical performances from Town Heroes and Neon Dreams. Money raised from Sackville High’s Dance Marathon will go to support the most urgent care priorities at the IWK Health Centre.

About Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon is a movement that involves high school and university students across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds for their local children’s hospital The year culminates with a multiple hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.

About Sackville High:

Sackville High School is a school located in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia with a school population of 900 students. The students at Sackville High School are proud to call themselves Kingfishers and involve themselves in various activities though leadership, the arts, sports and academics. They are engaged in their community through outreach and involvement and during 9/11, they opened their doors to provide a refuge for travelers and recently were a host school for the Canada Games.

About the IWK Foundation:

The IWK Foundation is a champion of excellence in women's and children's health and medicine and works in partnership with the IWK Health Centre to support their vision of providing quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime Provinces and beyond. Our donors are passionately committed to making a difference for Maritime families, contributing over $14 million to the most urgent care priorities at the IWK last year. Funds raised also support the IWK's global leadership in research and knowledge sharing, which in turn improves lives worldwide.

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For more information please contact:

Sackville High:
Marilyn MacGibbon, Vice-Principal
Office: (902) 864-6700 ext. 3
Cell: (902) 456-5389
mmacgibbon@hrsb.ns.ca

IWK Foundation:
Penny Sears, Communications Strategist
Cell: (902) 220-3903
penny.sears@iwk.nshealth.ca

Children’s Miracle Network:
Stephanie Blight, Manager, Programs & Events
Cell: (416) 528-4756
sblight@childrensmiraclenetwork.ca

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