Before their Grade 12 year, friends Alex La Berge and Chantal Barrett didn’t realize quite how privileged and lucky they were to live in Canada.
But a decision to join the KSS Global Awareness Club has given both students insight into how people in some other parts of the world are in a constant struggle to find food, clean water and shelter and how education and schooling is so different than the system they have gone through.
“Personally I had no prior knowledge of the education situation in Africa but getting to know it and seeing what some of the kids go through has given me a new appreciation of what I have,” said La Berge, 17. “It makes me want to help people.”
And help people is what the KSS Global Awareness Club is doing this year. The club—some 25 students from Grades 10 to 12 at KSS, is raising money to support the Dumsai Creche Preschool in South Africa. Their goal is to raise $2,000 this year, enough money for supplies for a year for the preschool as well as enough to build a garden on site.
To raise the money, the club will host a KSS Coffeehouse on Thursday Dec. 10, putting on an evening featuring local music combined with coffee and snacks and asking for donations to help with their project.
“We’re hoping for a really big turnout so we can help them out,” said Barrett, who joined the club for the first time this year. “I think (the club) is a great opportunity to get everyone together and support a great cause and help people who aren’t as fortunate as we are here in Kelowna.”
La Berge also joined the KSS Global Awareness Club for the first time this year on the urging of another friend when the club was getting started. It’s a decision she is extremely happy with after having her eyes opened about the world. She says the club has motivated her to help.
“Just the trend to help people so much less fortunate than me and give people this knowledge of sites elsewhere in the world,” she said of what she has learned. “I think it would be really beneficial for more people to be a part of this club to gain the knowledge and insight.”
The KSS Global Awareness Club will hold a few more events through the year as they try to hit their fundraising goal of $2,000.
Next week’s coffeehouse event is being held on Thursday, December 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at KSS (1079 Raymer Avenue). It’s in the multipurpose room and can be accessed through the main entrance of the school. There will be live music, coffee/tea, and baked goods for anyone who attends. Admission will be at the door and costs $5 and all food/drinks are by donation.