The “mo” grow is over and the tally is in: St. Andrew’s raised an impressive $31,404 for the Movember Foundation.
These funds, raised by the SAC Mo Bros team last month, goes to Movember, which aims to save and improve men’s lives through projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
“This is the best a high school in Canada has ever done,” said Sam Wilson, a Movember community development coordinator who attended Monday’s assembly in Ketchum Auditorium.
“What you guys did was amazing: the events you did, the conversations you started, how you integrated it into your daily lives here at St. Andrew’s,” he said to the Upper School crowd.
The school team more than doubled its goal of raising $15,000 this year. This was in part due to the efforts of Grade 12 student, Daniel Baldassarra, who brought in a whopping $17,008. He received a huge round of applause at the assembly and Mr. Wilson was on hand to congratulate Daniel.
As an individual fundraiser, Daniel finished:
- #1 in high schools in Canada
- #1 in high schools in the world (out of 12,000 students globally)
- #15 in fundraising individually in Canada, raising more than investment brokers, hedge fund managers, CEOs, and professional athletes
The SAC team took the top spot among high schools in Canada and placed second in the world among 2,500 participating high schools. The team placed 21st among every Canadian team (there were more than 80,000) and 91st worldwide.
Mr. Wilson reported the home team beat out every participating NHL team, as well as his own personal team!
Within the School, the second-place fundraiser was Frankie Carogioiello (who claimed third place in the Wispy Lips High School Challenge in Canada) followed by Kieran Stevenson, who also won the “Thanks for Trying Award for Kids Who Can’t Mo Good.” The “Greasiest Mo Award” went to Sanjay Gupta.
We also had faculty and staff who chose to raise funds by “making their move” in MOVEmber by pledging to walk or run 60 kilometres and raising funds for the cause. The “Top Mover” in the School was Taha Shafiee.
“We’re so proud you are part of our team,” Mr. Wilson told the participants, adding that men’s health and mental health affects us all and encouraged the boys to be open to talking about such matters with teachers, parents, and friends.
Story by Julie Caspersen