SURREY- Sidhu Brothers, Sahil & Arman, wanted to do something in the memory of their late mother Balwinder Kaur Sidhu and both of them – along with the support of some very helpful people — are really doing a great job with their Cans For Cancer Campaign.
The Cans for Cancer campaign started back in May 2013. Sahil and Armaan had just lost their mother, Balwinder Kaur Sidhu, to esophagus cancer. The boys wanted to raise $ 3200 for their moms’ 32 birthday in June. The campaign raised close to $16,000 in June and the amount kept rising to over $ 32,000 by summer.
In September, Sahil Sidhu’s Grade 7 teacher, Mrs Laura Pottie carried the campaign over to MJ Norris Elementary School. With the help of the school families and community support, cans and bottles are being dropped off daily to help reach a new goal of $50,000 by May 2014. Large bins have been set up at the school for the collection of recycling. Students have decorated the hallways with hand drawn campaign posters and notices are sent home monthly to remind families to help support with cans/bottles.
The Cans For Cancer campaign has helped bring a different awareness to the students. Reading, writing and arithmetic are taught at all schools but at MJ Norris, the students are learning about empathy, helping others and how to give back.
Every parent wants to instill their child with strong morals and ethics, Sahil and Armaan are getting these lessons with the help from their teachers, community and friends.
Cans and bottles can be dropped off at the Sidhu home, 6638 130 St. Surrey. Canadian Cancer Society receives all funds raised by Cans for Cancer.