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NIDES showcasing, aiding sick boy

Posted on 27/04/2010 12:00am

NIDES showcasing, aiding sick boy
Comox Valley Record
April 27, 2010

Families of North Island Distance Education School (NIDES) students have organized a Student Showcase and Silent Auction this Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This year's Student Showcase and Silent Auction in the NIDES gym at 2505 Smith Rd. in Courtenay (formerly Tsolum School) will benefit two-year-old Gabriel Callicum.

Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia in February. Over the next several months, he will undergo extensive treatment at B.C. Children's Hospital.

The money raised from the silent auction will help Gabriel's family cope with the overwhelming expenses of living away from home as they care for their sick child.

One of the items up for auction this year is sure to be treasured. A group of families from NIDES decided to create a Build-A-Bear in Gabriel's honour. This bear was built specifically with the silent auction in mind. It has a special heart inside it that is filled with good wishes for young Gabriel.

A wide variety of goods and services have been donated for this year's auction. These include two hours of service from a journeyman electrician, local wine, a history book of the Comox Valley, toy horses, and a beautiful, handmade Cinderella costume.

A feature of the NIDES Showcase is the performance stage. NIDES students have prepared some excellent entertainment for you, and will share their talents live and through media. You will be entertained with Irish dance, a robotics demonstration, cello, piano and many other talents. This year, a special appearance from the True Colours Dance Group is featured.

"Last year's event was an incredible success!" declared Sue Thompson, one of the event co-ordinators. "We are excited to be holding another showcase this year. We hope people from the community will come out - not only to see the unique ways our students learn, but also to support this silent auction to benefit Gabriel and his family."

Admission to this community event is free. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening, including coffee, tea and cold drinks to accompany wonderful home baking.

NIDES is a K-12 school serving the North Island and beyond. Students from across the entire school population have been invited to submit examples of their work for this showcase.

For more information, or to donate items for auction, call Stacie at 250-897-3478 or Sue at 250-338-0805.
- North Island Distance Education School