Mount Boucherie drive through breakfast benefits villages in Ecuador
For a small donation, West Kelowna residents had the chance to cure early morning hunger pangs and help a good cause on Friday, April 13.
Students at Mount Boucherie Secondary School concluded the school's Take Action week with a drive through breakfast fundraiser to raise money to build a primary school in an impoverished area of Ecuador.
The Take Action week included an NGO fair, a fundraiser for the local food bank, a fundraiser for famine relief in the Horn of Africa, a zinc deficiency awareness event and Friday's drive through breakfast at Canadian Tire in West Kelowna.
Irene Maier, department head for student leadership and the Global Service Club sponsor at Mount Boucherie, said that Friday's fundraiser helps Free the Children: A charity that empowers youth to remove barriers, which prevent them from being active local and global citizens.
"Mount Boucherie has been involved with Free the Children projects for about five years. We raised enough money to build a primary school in Africa and we actually went to Kenya. I took a group of students to Kenya, we saw the school, the water system and the medical clinic—everything that we built. It was really empowering for the students," said Maier.
"Ecuador was another part of the world that students were interested in and it's another place that Free the Children works."
The students who ran Friday's drive through breakfast belong to the Mount Boucherie Global Service Club as well as the senior leadership class.
Brianne Moore, leader of the Global Service Club, said that Friday's event was a success.
"It's been really good. We had huge donations from community sponsors. . .everyone was coming from off the highway."
Moore said that there are 15 members in the Global Service Club, all of whom are committed to making a difference both on a local and global scale.
Maier said the event was a success overall.
She added that the flow of traffic was perhaps indicative of the hardworking nature of the Westside.
"It was extremely busy at 6:30 a.m. There are lots of early risers on the Westside."