Okanagan College students help fight cancer

Business students association's Stash Bash in support of the moustache raised $2,500 for BC Cancer Foundation.

  • Dec. 16, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration students (from left) OBSA vice-president

You may have noticed Kelowna gentlemen growing a little hairier this past “Movember.”

Keeping to that theme and in support of the moustache, the annual Stash Bash raised $2,250 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna.

Now in its fourth year, the Stash Bash is a collaboration between the College’s Okanagan Business Students’ Association (OBSA) and Family Photos Kelowna. The fundraising initiative includes a “concert for cancer” with proceeds benefiting prostate cancer research and treatment in our community.

More than 150 stash supporters attended this year’s event, which was held on Nov. 14 at the Habitat Bar, and featured a performance from the local band Wild Son. The band also donated their appearance fees to the event.

With a family member recently diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment, second-year Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration student and OBSA President Roger Hulstein knows all too well how valuable the work of the BC Cancer Foundation is in the region.

“You never beat cancer, but it’s comforting to know that there is research being done,” said Hulstein. “For myself, and the OBSA team, it felt great to know we can contribute to helping improve treatment for patients. If everyone does a little bit, it helps.”

He adds that hosting a concert benefit for attendees to enjoy an evening of music is a fun way to get people to donate, rather than just asking for the funds.

“We’re very proud to see students demonstrate of their own accord their commitment to the community around us,” said Okanagan College business professor and an OBSA faculty advisor Devin Rubadeau. “This extracurricular event organized by the business students provides an excellent and valuable experience for them to practice what they learn in class.”

Entirely student led, Stash Bash has come a long way since its first inception in 2011, when it was held in the Student Services building at the Kelowna campus. The event’s popularity has grown year over year, and naturally outgrew the space. The organizers hope that this trend trajectory will continue and that even more can be raised next year.

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