Veritas students on their Walk to Make CF History May 29.

Veritas students hold fundraiser and awareness walk for Cystic Fibrosis

VERITAS students took a walk and paid to chew gum in school to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis after learning that a teacher’s granddaughter had been diagnosed with the disease.

A few weeks ago, teacher Catherine Davis’s two-week-old grandddaughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), said teacher Tamara Berg.

As May is CF month, Veritas staff decided to pull together as a school community to help out, said Berg.

Students were able to buy a Gum Chewing Licence – allowing them to chew gum all day – for a $1 donation and received two pieces of Hubba Bubba bubblegum.

“We hold a Gum Chewing Licence day each school year as a fundraiser for different organizations or families, and [May 29th’s] gum day raised $590 for CF!” said Berg, adding that the students and their families often donate more than the $1 minimum.

Part of CF Canada is a community walk for awareness called a Walk to Make CF History.

The school had a short assembly about Cystic Fibrosis, and then went on a school-wide 3.5 km walk around the city with signs and a CF Canada banner, said Berg.

“There were 260 Veritas students, kindergarten to Grade 9, and staff walking the town in the beautiful sun!” said Berg. “We are extremely proud of the continued support for others demonstrated by our students, staff, and community!”

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults, having various effects on the body, but mainly affecting the digestive system and lungs. At present, there is no cure.

It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF.