Oak Bay High students go all-out for sick kids and Tour de Rock

Oak Bay High Tour de Rock fundraiser underway

Grade 12 Oak Bay High student Grace Hatherill gets ready to lose her locks for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Hatherill has already raised more than $1

Grade 12 Oak Bay High student Grace Hatherill gets ready to lose her locks for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Hatherill has already raised more than $1

Grace Hatherill is excited to graduate from Oak Bay High this year. In the first of many grad activities planned, early next month she will line up with her classmates to have her grad photo taken. One thing will be missing though – the days are numbered for Hatherill’s waist-length hair.

“I’m shaving my head for Cops for Cancer,” the 17-year-old said.

She and about 200 other Oak Bay students have already begun their efforts to raise cash for this year’s Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. The tour, which begins on Sept. 22 and will take 17 riders on a 1,000-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island, raises money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes – a summer camp for kids with cancer.

“I’ve had long hair all through school and I have a friend who goes to Camp Goodtimes,” Hatherill said.

Hatherill met her friend when she was living on the Sunshine Coast, before the girl’s life was changed by cancer at a young age.

“She started going there when she was seven,” Hatherill said. “Now she’s a camp leader.”

Hatherill’s personal experience led her to join Oak Bay High’s team of fundraisers who host several events to help bring their donation total up.

“Our slogan for this year is, Cops for Cancer 2012: Teamwork makes the dream work,” said Maria Talalaeva, media relations leader for the Oak Bay High Cops for Cancer campaign. “We are putting so much effort into making this dream of ours work.”

The head shave event takes place Sept. 27, a week before grad photos.

“I’ll be bald for grad,” she said. And, so far, she will be the only girl. Six other female students have agreed to cut their hair short, but Hatherill is going all the way to reach her personal fundraising goal of $2,000.

The school is aiming to beat last year’s total of just over $45,000.

To donate to Hatherill go to copsforcancerbc.ca and click on ‘support a fundraiser’.

“A few key things the Cops for Cancer team want to stress is our need for support in the community, as we are also doing canvassing, and have set up Internet donations through our Oak Bay website as well,” Talalaeva said.

For more information go to oakbay.sd61.bc.ca

Events at-a-glance

Silent Auction – Thursday Sept. 20, East gym,  6:30 to 9 p.m.

Bottle Drive – Saturday Sept. 22, East gym at 9 a.m. on the field.

Bingo Night – Tuesday Sept. 25, East gym, 7 to 9 p.m.

Community Bake Sale – Saturday Sept. 29, Oak Bay Avenue, outside Pharmasave, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Benefit Concert – Sunday Sept. 30, 7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), West auditorium.

 

 

 

Just Posted

A patio built by The Village is shared by three eateries in Estevan. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay eateries sharing communal patio space in Estevan Village

The Village invested $25,000 in streetside patio, hopes to make it permanent

Victoria police are searching for high-risk missing woman Chloe Morrison who was last seen in Victoria June 13. (Courtesy of VicPD)
MISSING: Chloe Morrison, last seen in Victoria

Morrison, 25, was last seen shortly after 2 p.m. June 13

Proposed design for the Topaz Park bike and skate park elements. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Victoria requesting feedback on Topaz Park redesign

Public input now being taken for proposed skate, bike park ideas

An SUV sits where it crashed through the front window of the 2:18 Run store in Fairfield Plaza, after the driver appeared to lose control on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Phil Nicholls)
Driver crashes through front window of Victoria running store in Fairfield

Phil Nicholls of 2:18 Run said crash sounded like an earthquake at first

Sasha Perron of Langford is preparing to run a half marathon on Saturday, 10 kilometres Sunday, 21.5 km on Tuesday and so on until he’s totalled 216 kilometres. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Indigenous man to run 215 kilometres, plus one for children waiting to be found

Donations to Sasha Perron’s fundraiser to benefit Indian Residential School Survivors Society

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Most Read