Spreading the net
Laurie Bradley, left, and Leanne Van Bavel zip past Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley dean Karen Davies and Vicky Faught on the promenade at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, where the Spread-the-Net Walkathon was taking place on Thursday, Jan. 31. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at www.thedailyobserver.ca.
When Rick Mercer speaks, people listen. When he promises to bring his hit CBC Television show, the Rick Mercer Report, to the college that raises the most money through his Spread-the-Net campaign, you’d better believe that you’re going to see some generous students come out of the woodwork.
For most of January, Algonquin College’s Woodroffe and Pembroke campuses have been working towards their set goal of raising $15,000 to supply families in Africa with mosquito nets to help combat the spread of malaria.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, coinciding with the school’s annual student-faculty hockey games, the Pembroke campus held the fundraiser’s main event: a walkathon at the Pembroke Memorial Centre featuring 40-50 walkers, split into five teams.
Between the walkathon and the sale of suckers on campus, organizers estimate that the final tally will show the campus contributing more than $2,000 to the cause.
Students will have to wait until some time in March for the overall results to be announced and the lucky college to be revealed.
The backdrop to Thursday’s event was, of course, the staff-versus-faculty hockey games.
First up were the ladies, with the faculty/staff/alumni team having their hands full with a fast and talented student team.
Ultimately, thanks in large part to tremendous end-to-end play by outdoor adventure student Julie Ethier, the students handed their opponents a 6-0 shutout loss, despite the faculty pulling the somewhat unconventional move of icing all 11 of their players for the final minute of the last period.
It was a different story in the men’s game, which started fast and even, with both teams picking up goals early in the first period.
Eventually, it was game MVP Murray Kyte’s penalty shot goal in the final minute that secured the faculty a 7-6 win.
Ryan Paulsen is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist