CIBC Run For the Cure and Alternative Reading Week: get involved

October is one of the busiest months of the fall semester; there are midterms approaching, thanksgiving, reading week and there are many opportunities this time of year that allow you to become a part of the Brock community. If you are looking to make a difference for the better, the CIBC Run for the Cure is an opportunity to raise funds for a great cause: breast cancer awareness.

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Students contributing to building homes during Alternative Reading Week in El Salvador


“The CIBC Run for the Cure is a tradition that gathers thousands of participants from across St. Catharines and the Niagara Region. Over the last several years, hundreds students, staff, and alumni alike, joining the Brock University team to support the cause. They act as volunteers for the organization or they actually participate in the run. Many of these runs occur in other locations such as Toronto and Hamilton, and it’s amazing to see how all of these communities come together to support breast cancer awareness and research. In 2013, we raised $12,000 towards the cause,” said Cate Talaue, Marketing Coordinator at Student Life and Community Experience.

It’s easy to become a participant in the CIBC Run for the Cure event. Students interested in enrolling have until the day of the race if they make the decision to join last minute. It’s a great and fulfilling experience to raise money and awareness for a great cause.

“Students can get involved by visiting This event is posted in the events board on the website, with additional details on how to donate or register to be part of the Brock University team. It takes place on Sunday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s a one or five km run, but participants are free to walk as well,” said Talaue, “Participants can sign up the day of but registration for the Brock University team ends on the Friday (October 2).”

The Brock University team raised a significant amount of money last year, and this year they are expecting to raise just as much, if not more, by setting a goal for themselves and working to achieve it.
“Our goal this year is $1500. Be sure to stay connected with us on Twitter to stay in the know @BrockSLCE,” said Talaue.

Another way in which you can get involved with the Brock community this October is during reading week is by joining your fellow Badgers in the Alternative Reading Week event. If you really enjoy it, you might even be motivated to also join the program during February reading week as well.

“Brock Cares Alternative Reading Week October 2015 is one of many volunteer initiatives that are facilitated by Student Life & Community Experience. Students are given the opportunity to choose which community partner they would like to volunteer with based on the given project, volunteering for one or two days, or perhaps all three days between October 14 to 16. Last year we had 40 participants, logging over 200 volunteer hours. If we compare this to minimum wage, these students helped the organizations save over $2200 in a matter of three days. In February 2016, Student Life hosts an international Alternative Reading Week, with trips hosted in South Carolina, US and El Salvador to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. The purpose of both of these trips is to give back to the community while being immersed in it,” said Talaue.

This program allows students to acquire volunteer hours and give back to the community while also becoming a part of it. The Alternative Reading Week program also offers options for every type of person.

“A variety of projects are being held during the October Reading week and each year it differs. Last year, we had students going to the Lincoln County Humane Society sorting and managing the animal’s food, volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Society as well as helping out at Gillian’s Place, which is a shelter for women and children. Every bit of help count for these not-for-profit, local organizations,” said Talaue, “Students can register on on October 5, since this is the date that the registration form goes live. Students are able to choose what organization they want to volunteer with as well.”

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