Rosie gives Relay for Life a helping hoof
This little piggy went.... off to school on Tuesday.
Rosie, a black pot-belly pig, was the focus of attention at Duchess Park Secondary as students placed money in a can, hoping their favourite teachers would win the most funds.
Teacher Andrew Leamy came out the winner. He did not plant a kiss on Rosie’s snout – as suggested by a student – but he did give her a big hug for helping him out with fundraising efforts.
The noon-hour event brought in $144 for the Relay for Life, and it was fun for the students and faculty, said key organizer Cassidy Begg. She admits it was “kind of like a popularity contest” among the six teachers who took part – but in a nice way. Rosie was there to hog the attention and deflect any hurt feelings there might have been. Besides, everyone wins when money is raised to fight cancer:
“My friends and I volunteered at last year’s Relay for Life,” said Begg, a Grade 11 student. “One of our supervisors, Lynn Hardy, was involved. So we thought this [event] would be a good way for us to contribute and raise funds.”
To help out, the Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue Society agreed to bring along 60-pound Rosie as a piggy-bank symbol for the collection of money. Then it was back to the rescue shelter to wait for her next call.
“She’s a rescue pig,” said society member Nicola Redpath. “And she’s open for bookings,” she said, laughing.
For more information on the local rescue organization, visit www.pgequinerescue, or to book Rosie as the “star” of your upcoming fundraiser, phone the rescue office at 250-981-8458.