21,573 pounds raised!

Hi everyone.

The final numbers are in, and we raised a grand total of 21,573 pounds of food!

That is almost 10,000 pounds MORE than our goal of 12,000 pounds.

We couldn’t have done this without the support of the community, our friends, and the amazing students and parents in our neighbourhood.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who participated, supported, donated and helped to promote Sarah’s Food Drive.

Just wait until you see what Sarah has in store for next year!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)


North Leaside vs South Leaside School Challenge Results!

Hi everyone.

The results of the 1st North Leaside vs South Leaside School Challenge are in!

First of all, hats off to the unbelievable spirit of the three schools that participated: Rolph Road Elementary School, Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School, and Northlea Public School.

Here are the results:

South Leaside

  • Bessborough (food raised): 1,016 pounds
  • Rolph Rd (food raised): 1,185 pounds
  • Bessborough and Rolph Rd (cash donations): $1,895 (which equals 1,895 pounds of food)

South Leaside Total: 4,096 pounds of food raised

North Leaside

  • Northlea (food raised) 2,711 pounds
  • Northlea (cash donations) $2,050 (which equals 2,050 pounds of food)

North Leaside Total: 4,761 pounds of food raised

North Leaside WINS the challenge (with a difference of 665 pounds of food raised).

Collectively – the 3 schools combined for almost 9,000 pounds of food raised.

Unbelievable! Congratulations are in order to all three schools. Northlea increased their donation from last year (2,200 pounds last year), and Bessborough and Rolph Rd totally stepped up and embraced the drive, and really gave Northlea a run for its money!

We hope that all three schools will participate in the challenge again next year!

Look for overall final total food drive results this week.

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

250 Thanksgiving hampers made

Hi everyone.

This afternoon, we assembled 250 hampers at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart. These hampers were donated thanks to the generosity of Rob & Jessie Tremblett, Locallea merchants, Patrick Rocca and shoppers at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart. They will feed 250 needy families this Thanksgiving. A huge thank you to all the parents, kids and supporters that came out to help!

Here are some photos from the afternoon (click to view a larger version).

2 days to go! We are into the home stretch. Looking good!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)


Hi everyone.

Wow! What a week (and it’s only Tuesday). So much going on, and so much incredible generosity in our community.

The North vs South Leaside School Challenge is off to a roaring start! Food and online donations are piling up. 3 days still to go!

A reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday, October 3rd) is our Thanksgiving hamper build at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart (1500 Bayview Ave.) from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

We will be putting together 200 Thanksgiving hampers that have been donated by local locallea (www.locallea.com) merchants, as well as local real estate agent Patrick Rocca, and the generous shoppers at Tremblett’s.

Please feel free to drop by (parents and children are welcome) and help build the hampers.

Mark (Sarah’s dad)