Daffodil Day at Lafarge Lake

Daffodil Day Coquitlam

Those of you who braved the wet rainy weather and went for a walk around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam on Saturday, April 27, 2013 might have seen tents and umbrellas with the Canadian Cancer Society Logo. This was an event organized by the Cancer Awareness Clubs in Port Moody, Centennial and Riverside Secondary Schools to raise money for cancer awareness and research. I had the opportunity to be there as one of the volunteers for this wonderful cause.

Daffodil Day Lafarge Lake Coquitlam

The idea was that each of these schools would get the student body to register and participate in the scavenger hunt. Each group had to pay a small entrance fee, and then would receive a map and a set of clues. Each clue had to be answered at one of five stations that were set up around the park. The team that had answered all of their clues the fastest would win a prize.

Daffodil Day Lafarge Lake Coquitlam

The event had started at 1:00pm with all seven teams running to grab their maps and get started as quickly as possible. It lasted for two and a half hours, with people rushing to get their tasks completed before other teams. Volunteers from each of the schools cheered on their classmates, and the rivalry was more than noticeable. Finally the first team came in, and only minutes later other teams followed. It was a very close race but Centennial claimed first place, Riverside came in second and the Port Moody team came in third. This marked the beginning of the competitive streak between the three schools for years to come. We also had kids from other schools show up and participate. They were inspired to set up a Cancer Awareness Club in their own schools.

Daffodil Day Lafarge Lake Coquitlam

Due to the unfortunate weather, not as many people had showed up as we had hoped for; and we raised less money than expected. And yet the event was still successful, because it wasn’t the money that was important. Each activity required the participants to learn something about cancer prevention and healthy living. That knowledge is invaluable. Something that would not only keep them and their families healthy, but it was also something that they would be able to pass on to their friends at school.

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