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Maple Ridge school creates telethon fundraiser to pay for new building

Maple Ridge Christian School will host Giving Tuesday event on Nov. 28
Maple Ridge Christian School raised a total of $25,000 in donations at last year’s Giving Tuesday event. (MRCS/Special to The News)

A Maple Ridge school is hoping to draw in some more donations this upcoming Giving Tuesday as they introduce a brand-new telethon event for the public that will be filled with plenty of student-made entertainment.

This annual event is part of an international Giving Tuesday movement that is meant to spotlight the joy of being charitable at the start of the holiday season, explained Maple Ridge Christian School (MRCS) director of donor relations Chantelle Olsson-Chang.

“For Maple Ridge Christian School, it is a chance to recognize our community,” said Olsson-Chang. “Our community includes our students, our families, our supporters, and our friends from the greater Maple Ridge community.”

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She explained that adding entertainment to their Giving Tuesday event is a first for the school.

“We wanted to give something back to the entire community this year as they give to us. We love the old-fashioned idea of a telethon where giving is honoured through gathering around fun, locally-crafted entertainment.”

The entertainment, which will be streamed on the school’s website, Instagram page, and Facebook page, includes productions from the MRCS drama students, new media students, and drama alumni. There will also be some guest appearances from some local youth pastors.

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Each short video will be unlocked as the donations surpass certain milestones, with a total fundraising goal of $30,000.

All of the money raised from the telethon will go toward covering the cost of building a new school structure, which Olsson-Chang said will have doubled classroom capacity, a full-sized gym, and drama/music rooms.

“We look forward to sharing our new building with the Maple Ridge community, and we are already seeing interest from local groups in the welcomed, larger gym,” said Olsson-Chang.

“As we look forward to the completion of our new building, we are thankful for all who join us in accomplishing that vision.”

MRCS’ Giving Tuesday event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and can be viewed live on the MRCS Instagram page or website.

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