The Interact Club, led by president Travis Hosack, is CCH’s newest club.–or is it? The original Interact Club was formerly the precursor to our Santa’s Anonymous group, which raises money and collects food and gift items to help needy families at Christmas. However, the Interact Club recognizes that people are in need of aid all year round, and thus, the Interact (International Action) Club was reborn. Partnered with the Rotary Group, an organization that seeks to create “positive, lasting change in [their] communities and around the world”, the members raise money, collect food items, and expand the public’s awareness of people in need through various events during the school year.
What makes this club so unique is not its year-round and often international focus (although that’s pretty awesome). Rather, it is special because everything is organized and run by students of our school. Are there adults involved? Of course–but they aren’t always the ones running the show.
The Interact Club has had an extremely successful first year, exceeding all expectations students had when they restarted the group. They gathered food items on Halloween during its “trick or feed” fundraiser, and raised $2200 for the Chinook Regional Hospital during its Christmas Tree Gala. The club has aimed to do at least one project a month since its inception. These fundraisers have not only aided many deserving causes, but have “inspired the general public to give”. The club hopes that the people continue to be so generous in the future.
When interviewed, one member shared his happiness at their accomplishments so far: “We’ve done so well already, and we still have our biggest event coming up.” Their upcoming “Global Gala” is a dinner fundraiser event held on June 11 at the Southern Alberta Ethnic Society. It will have live music and a silent auction, and will be a “whole big deal”. All proceeds will be sent to “ShelterBox”, which is an organization that provides emergency shelter relief and basic necessities to areas of the world suffering from natural disasters.
Here are some thoughts from other Interact Club members:
I’ve always been a huge proponent for youth empowerment. All of our projects will make people’s lives better whether it’s providing them access to shelter or to food. However, the real difference, I feel, is showing people my age that they can make a difference and do these ambitious projects. Progress is rarely made by playing it safe, and I hope to embody this and motivate others to do the same.
The work we do at Interact is dynamic, and I think that helps us better serve the community. We’re not locked down to a certain type of fundraising or end goal; we can help out locally and internationally. Whatever current event is happening within the city, there is a good chance we’ll be involved in some way or another.
It feels so good every time we go out and do something, or even just during the planning. The anticipation of helping the community and world is amazing.
Interact is always looking for new members, and since it has support from our local Rotary club, it can only grow from here. The opportunities afforded by Interact include the opportunity to visit conferences such as the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. It does look very appealing on a resume, but most importantly, it is very rewarding.
It may seem possible that they will soon be running out of ideas, but that is not the case. Although members of the group are proud of their progress so far, they are already planning future events with an even greater international focus.
However, to bring in a somber note, there is no guarantee that the club will be around in future years. Currently, all the principal roles within the club are held by grade twelve students, so new members will definitely be needed for the group to continue having such a large effect on the community. If that is something any of our readers are interested in, the Interact Club meets Friday at 12:45 in the library (Campus East) and is always looking for new participants. In fact, all of our clubs and fine arts groups are always looking for new members, so if you want to have some fun, make a difference, and/or gain experience for a resume, check some of them out.
PS – Blog writers get free pizza. Just sayin’…
Kaitlyn Baron is a grade twelve student at CCH. She currently has no spare time, but fantasizes about all the reading and catching up on nerdy TV shows she’ll get to do once her schedule quiets down (in about five years). Her favourite thing about CCH are the Honours and Enrichment classes and the quarter system.