School fundraiser a first

Nanoose Bay student initiates project for BC Alzheimer’s Society

Madison Wylie

A student from Nanoose Bay Elementary School has made quite an impression on the BC Alzheimer’s Society.

Madison Wylie isn’t your typical Grade 3 student.  Not only did she initiate a bake sale at her school to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, she also played a huge role in organizing and promoting the event.

Wylie has two Great-Grandmothers and a neighbor who have been living with the disease and she is hoping researchers will find a cure.

She says because of the disease, she is no longer able to communicate with her great-grandmothers.

“One is in a nursing home, the other isn’t but she is starting to forget lots.  It makes me very sad,” she said.

With the assistance of teachers and staff, Wylie hosted a bake sale with the goal of raising $300.

“I put up posters and I also went to Mrs. Vaisiuss and asked her if she could help me with something.”

Newsletters were sent home and on October 10 Wylie and her friends sold treats over the lunch hour. Students lined up to purchase cookies for a quarter and when the bell rang, Wylie had collected more than $325.

The total is expected to increase once all donations come in.

Save-On-Foods and Thrifty Foods in Parksville generously donated items for the fundraiser.

Colette Vaisius a student support services teacher at Nanoose Bay Elementary said when she contacted the Alzheimer’s Society to inform them of Wylie’s project they advised her that it is the first time a fundraiser for them has ever been initiated by a child.

Vaisius said her student did an amazing job and details will be posted on the BC Alzheimer’s Society web site.