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Queen’s Law students raise more than $25,000 for charities

Local and national charities benefit from the ongoing support and efforts of law students.

When they weren’t hitting the books this year, Queen’s Law students hit the rinks, stages, and links to raise over $25,000 for charity.

[Queen's Law Cabaret for a Cure]
The annual Cabaret for a Cure dance and fashion show was one of the highlights of a Queen's Law 2017-18 fundraising year that saw students raising money for charity at a number of events. (Supplied photo)

On March 15, the annual Cabaret for a Cure capped off a year of Queen’s Law Cancer Society (QLCS) fundraising events by raising $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. A crowd of more than 400, including guests from the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kingston branch, attended Cabaret at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston to see students dance, sing and model in support of cancer research.

“It was incredible to be involved in a group that is not only one of the largest clubs at Queen’s Law but one that captures the attention and compassion of so many students, staff and members of the Kingston community,” said Anu Lalith Kumar (Law’19), one of the co-presidents of the QLCS.

Local businesses donated items for the Cabaret raffle and provided clothes for the fashion shows. The QLCS also auctioned off tickets to Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors games. But the most intense bidding was for unique events like dinner with Dean Bill Flanagan and drinks with Professor Nick Bala.

In September the QLCS raised over $5,600 for the CIBC Run for the Cure in support of breast cancer research and in November the club raised $2,756 for the Movember Foundation, a charity focused on funding research in prostate and testicular cancers, supporting men’s mental health and preventing suicide. Some students grew moustaches. Many more were able to join the QLCS at events throughout the month. These included a basketball tournament, a bowling night, a games night at Barcadia and blindfolded attempts to Pin the Mo’ on (a photo of) the dean in the student lounge.

On Sept. 30, staff partnered with students to host the Fall Classic Charity Event at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Bath. A total of 80 students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends took in the sunshine and sought to Out Drive the Dean at the 10th hole. The event raised $1,500 for Pathways to Education.

“We were excited to offer fun activities throughout the day,” said Heather Cole (Law’96), Assistant Dean of Students. “Our golfers and non-golfers were very generous with their support.”

Law firms and Kingston businesses supported the day on the links with in-kind donations for prizes like Kingston Frontenacs tickets.

The faculty, the Frontenacs, and the Queen’s Law hockey team put on the Winter Classic on Feb. 2 and raised $500 for the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area. More than 100 Queen’s Law community members enjoyed a private pre-game reception in the club lounge and sat together to cheer the Frontenacs as they faced the Oshawa Generals in an OHL matchup.

Lawlapalooza on Valentine’s Day had the Queen’s Law community show its love for the talented musicians in its ranks. The $4,000 raised through Lawlapalooza benefits the aspiring musicians who borrow for free at Joe’s M.I.L.L., a Kingston instrument lending library with over 1,000 instruments.

Queen’s Law has more plans for community outreach, including a summer camp this year on law and leadership for adolescents.