Rec students partner with Princess Margaret for cancer fundraiser

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Life

Kristen Cussen, News Reporter

The sounds of cheering rang through the halls drawing a crowd of students to the music, activities and, of course, professors taking a pie to the face.

There was no shortage of pink or whipped cream at the Humber North exhibition on Thursday.

Humber students in the Recreation and Leisure program hosted the event as part of their curriculum and support fellow student Cy Samuels.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation partnered with Pink City Classic to spread awareness and raise $2,000 in support of breast cancer research.

Pink City Classic started almost five years ago after Samuels’ mother passed away from breast cancer.

“I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know what it was going to be,” he said.

Samuels and his mother bonded over basketball so a tournament to raise money and awareness came instinctively to him.

“She’s the one who kind of got me started in basketball in the first place,” he said.

“A lot of people face these kinds of things alone, regularly. Even if it’s not cancer, they might have family members that are sick or not doing well,” Samuels said. “You just don’t know because you can’t see it at school. No one talks about it.”

His vision was to create a safe space for people to be together in a positive environment and know that they aren’t alone.

For Noah Tse and other Recreation and Leisure students, partnering with Pink City Classic was an easy decision.

“We’re pretty close-knit as a class, we keep up with each other and what we’re struggling with,” Tse said.

“It’s heartwarming that everyone appreciates what I’m doing and supports it,” said Samuels. “We’re all dancing and having fun doing activities, the love is there and it’s nice.”

The event was sponsored by Pursuit OCR, an adult jungle gym just a four-minute drive from North campus. “They partnered with us and brought in a large inflatable obstacle course with their own staff,” said Tse. “We’re happy to have them here to help us.”

The inflatable station was nothing short of a scene from Wipeout.

“The owner, Will McLean, likes to be involved in community outreach. He has a $3,000 scholarship for one Humber student towards their program,” said Pursuit OCR general manager, Riley Ekman.

Students can follow their Instagram, like and share their posts, and spend a day at Pursuit OCR to enter their name in the raffle by Dec. 30.