On March 18th and 19th students of Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta cycled to raise money for ShelterBox Canada and support families who have lost everything after a disaster. Over 1,200 students on 122 teams came together to raise over $449,000 for ShelterBox Canada.

The Scona Initiative’s annual Bike-A-Thon, which raises money for local or international charities, set their initial fundraising goal at $200,000. Through the hard work of teachers, Tom Yonge and Jane Grant and students who are enrolled in Leadership 10, 20 and 30 classes, they well surpassed this goal.

The campaign began on February 10th and ended with a 24-hour Bike-A-Thon on March 19th. ShelterBox Canada Executive Director, Stephanie Christensen, and ShelterBox Response Team Member, Andre Bloemink were present; along with local business owners, local members of government and Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley.

The whole team at ShelterBox is absolutely thrilled with the amazing support of the students at Strathcona High School and the Edmonton community. Stephanie Christensen said,

The Scona students are absolutely incredible. Through raising $449,196 these students will provide lifesaving emergency shelter for hundreds of families in desperate need.

‘The energy and excitement in the gym throughout the entire Bike-A-Thon was truly amazing. It is so heartwarming to see a group of teenagers so dedicated to making a difference around the world. Their contributions couldn’t come at a better time. The need for ShelterBox aid is overwhelming. Between our responses in Cameroon, the Syrian region and Fiji as well as others, this donation from Scona will go a long way in helping desperate families.’

Check out the video recapping the festivities here: