I started running and fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in 2004 and this year I’m giving myself an extra challenge to make a difference and motivate our team to go the extra mile.
Teaching at St. Clement’s School in Toronto, I’ve been inspired by the enormous commitment and spirit that the girls and the staff have put into participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure every year. It’s become our biggest annual charitable fundraising event and it takes a great deal of time and energy.
Although we are a relatively small school, St. Clement’s has been the top fundraising school for the last eight years running! Our students are well known for their extreme spirit and enthusiasm and we give back to over 100 community and charitable organizations every year. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is important to our community as many loved ones, friends, and family members have been affected by breast cancer. This past week, we celebrated Pink Day in support of the CIBC Run for the Cure, and every student and staff member wore pink from head to toe!
St. Clement’s School students strive for excellence and enjoy raising awareness and funds for a good cause. The CIBC Run for the Cure is a fun and inclusive event where our community can actively participate in a cause that benefits our local and national communities. In order to motivate the students to secure the school challenge title again this year, I have committed to having my head shaved if we do so, and if we exceed our team goal of $40,000 by a bonus of $10,000. If we meet our fundraising target –higher than ever before– I’ll donate my lengthy locks to the Hair for Kids Program. I want to show my support for all women who have had to go through this experience and have lost their hair, which includes many friends and family members within our community. To me this is a really big deal that will push my boundaries, but one I’m prepared to take on, knowing that we can raise significant funds and bring awareness to such an important cause.
Alexis Gallagher shaved her head and donated her long hair to Wigs for Kids, after challenging her school team to raise over $40,000. St. Clement’s School was the recipient of the School Challenge Award for the ninth consecutive year, after raising a total of $42,425.27. Alexis would like to thank the students, staff, parents and friends of St. Clement’s School for their immense spirit and positive support of her challenge and of this important cause.