Langley Christian School Students have been recognized for their volunteer efforts towards ALS.

RICHMOND, BC - April 5, 2017 – Students from Langley Christian School have received the Leaders of Tomorrow Award (ages 14-17) from the ALS Society of BC. This year’s ALS Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held on April 4, 2017 at the Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond.

The students’ volunteerism began when Nathan Earle, grade 11 leadership class student, and Vice Principal Val Jarvie contacted ALS BC. In support for beloved band teacher, Mr. Dave Alexander, who had recently been diagnosed with ALS, a Walk for ALS was coordinated at the school. Up to 1,000 people, both students and faculty were registered to participate. T-shirts were also made, which were designed by student Nicole Dietrich.          

As a grand finale for the Walk, an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was arranged by students Carissa McCarthy, April Jeske, Micaila Hedd, and Logan Dowie. A weeklong event was also held by the Junior Boys basketball team, “Get Buckets for ALS,” where they spent lunch hours shooting free throws. The event raised over $2,000 in donations.

“This event was an opportunity for us to serve the community, as one of our core values is servant hood,” says Mayan. “We wanted to link basketball into a fundraiser that would engage the student body, and it was successful because of how simple and easy it was for everyone to get involved. We all share a love for Mr. Alexander, so that connection to someone important at the school allowed people to understand the reason for this fundraiser.”

“When I walked through the doors of Langley Christian School to meet with the students, I felt embraced by the positive energy,” says Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. “The environment that exists within the walls of this school is the perfect setting to develop leaders of tomorrow. In fact, they are leaders today.”

The Leaders of Tomorrow Award recognizes youth and young adults under the age of 25 who, as part of a group, make a difference in the lives of those living with ALS through their volunteer efforts. This award recognizes initiatives or efforts undertaken in the previous calendar year in support of ALS including fundraising, advocacy, public awareness, or going above and beyond to care for an individual living with ALS by providing assistance, companionship, and support.

About ALS Society of BC

The ALS Society of BC raises funds for research, and to provide direct support to ALS patients, and their families and caregivers. Until a cure is found, the Society provides patient services to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with this disease by offering an extensive equipment loan program, support groups, and educational materials.

About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.

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