Starving for others

A group of 25 fund-raising Lake Cowichan Secondary School students gathered $1,200 for World Vision, earlier this month.

A group of 25 fund-raising Lake Cowichan Secondary School students gathered $1,200 for World Vision, earlier this month.

Organized by Grade 11 student Jorden Matson, the 30-Hour Famine event had the students fasting for 30 hours to bring awareness to those starving in different areas of the world.

Students were allowed to drink clear beverages, but no food.

Along with three teachers, 17 of the 25 participating students spent the final night sleeping at the school.

They entertained themselves with games, creating henna tattoos, reading, homework, and movies projected on the gymnasium wall.

Participants were awakened at 6 a.m. when teacher Craig New and parent Charlette Matson came in to make a pancake breakfast for everyone, officially ending the 30-Hour Famine in style.

“All students were fantastic,” vice-principal Dani Garner said.

Dangerous trees

Councillor Tim McGonigle suggested that town staff consider signs warning residents of falling trees, for liability issues.

“I noticed quite a few trees and branches down,” McGonigle said, of the Ted Burns Nature Preserve.

“That’s the one that has the most dead trees,” the town’s superintendent of Public Works Nagi Rizk said.