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Photo by Laura Lennie

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Grade 10 student Victoria Cercone gives seven-year-old Bridget Gago a manicure during Cardinal Newman's Mani-CURE event last Thursday.

A polished effort

Cardinal Newman students join forces to raise about $8,000 for CAP

By Laura Lennie, News Staff

Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School is doing its part to help individuals and families affected by cancer.

The aesthetics and hairstyling class held its second annual Mani-CURE event benefiting the Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) last Thursday at the school.

About 70 students from grades 10 to 12 gave attendees a chance to get a manicure, sample a number of desserts and refreshments, take part in a silent auction and win a variety of door and raffle prizes in support of the cause. The $20 admission fee also offered guests the option of getting their hair styled by Bruno’s School of Hair Design.

The Cosmetic Company was on hand as well and donated 10 per cent of its makeup sales to the class to put towards the CAP.

The students, with help from community members, sponsors and partners, raised about $8,000 for the charitable volunteer-based organization, which assists individuals and families affected by cancer by offering free services, including rides to medical appointments and equipment loans.

“The event is amazing because it gives us a chance to apply what we’ve learned in the classroom and put our skills to good use for a great cause,” class representative and Grade 10 student Japnam Deol said. “We get real-world experience, while also doing something to help others in need. There’s nothing better than that.”

The class put on its first Mani-CURE event last year and raised just over $4,000 for the CAP.

Grade 10 student Emma Harrington said the class was looking for a way to give back to the community.

The students spent time brainstorming ideas and researching various organizations.

“As Catholic students, we’re always reminded of the importance of playing an active role in our community. We wanted to come up with something fun, something that would include all of the students and make a difference for others,” Harrington said, adding the event gives attendees an opportunity to be pampered for a bit, while also contributing to an important cause. “CAP is a great organization because it helps make life a little easier for individuals and families affected by cancer in Hamilton. It ultimately gives them an opportunity to get better and live life the way they’re suppose to.”

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