Engineering students raise funds for local charity
On Jan. 24, engineering students hosted the ninth annual Charity Ball at the Johnson GEO CENTRE and raised $20,000 in support of children in the province who are battling Type 1 diabetes. This is the most money raised at this annual fundraiser in support of a local charity.
The funds raised will go towards the Canadian Diabetes Association’s D-Camps Program, which empowers children living with diabetes to self-manage in a supportive, nurturing environment. Camp participants develop a sense of independence through active outdoor activities and make connections with other kids who have diabetes. The positive impact this event and donation would have for these children was truly felt when a past D-Camper, Jacob Manning, shared his heartwarming experiences at the charitable event, garnering a standing ovation.
Members of Engineering Student Society B organized the event, which included a three-course gourmet meal, silent and live auctions, dessert auction, and music by Memorial’s Frequency Quartet. For the first time, guests could get their photo taken on the red carpet, thanks to Tuckamore Productions.
Third-year, mechanical engineering student Adam Keating helped plan the event and is humbled by the overwhelming support.
“Organizing and executing this year’s Charity Ball in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association has been a very rewarding experience and would not have been possible without the incredible support we received,” he said.
The event was generously supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Pennecon Heavy Civil, NL Power, Hebron, Killick Capital, Wood Group PSN, GJ Cahill, Baker Hughes, Suncor Energy, PEGNL, Vale, Red Oak Catering, NL Transshipment, SEA Contracting Ltd., Tiller Engineering Inc. and Erco Homes.
“We are so grateful to all of our sponsors,” said Mr. Keating. “We had over 75 donors, which was paired with extreme generosity and good spirits throughout the entire event by all in attendance. This sort of support speaks volumes of the commitment that our community has to giving back to those in need. We far exceeded all of our goals for this event and now we will be able to achieve our ultimate goal – to help empower children with Type I diabetes to live a fulfilling life through experiences they gain during D-Camp.”