By Vanessa Broadbent
The Humboldt Broncos’ tragic bus crash on April 6 hit close to home for students in the Link Crew class at Southern Okanagan Secondary School (SOSS) – so much so that they decided to donate all proceeds from their spring dance on Thursday to the team.
The school usually hosts a spring dance, organized by the Link Crew, the school’s Grade 12 leadership class. The dance is normally a fundraiser for the Link Crew.
“The Humbolt thing happened so we thought it would be good to donate all the funds to a good cause,” Link Crew student Katelyn Wiens said.
When the students announced that the funds would go to the Broncos, ticket sales for the dance went up.
“We got more (students attending) the minute that the Humbolt Broncos idea came up,” student Ali Lantz said.
Tickets for the dance were $5 each and over 150 students attended. Even a few from Osoyoos Secondary School showed up.
To increase the amount going towards the Broncos, the class also cut down on expenses by choosing the music themselves instead of hiring a DJ.
“It’s going to be a lot cooler too because we are our own DJ,” Wiens said. “We made our own playlist and we have our own stereo system from the drama room.”
The Link Crew teacher, Alison Podmorow, is also SOSS’ drama teacher so borrowing the equipment wasn’t a problem.
“They were totally excited about that because sometimes the music isn’t good enough or what they want to hear, so they spent a lot of time putting the playlist together.”
But more than that, Podmorow said the kids are excited to make a difference.
Part of Link Crew is promoting leadership within the larger community, not just SOSS, and the tragedy inspired the students to expand their reach out of province.
“A lot of the kids are hockey or team players and I think it really affected them because they really felt that it could have been them – I think every Canadian felt that.”
Podmorow found interest from a lot of students, not just the ones that were able to attend the dance. She said that a few students have approached her and asked if they can donate, even if they can’t make it to the event.
Wiens is happy to see her peers come together and support the event, but even more, support the Humboldt Broncos.
“You know your money is going to a good cause.”