Despite being nearly a continent away, a former Theresetta Catholic School student was feeling the love on March 12.
Emmett McNabb started at Theresetta in Junior Kindergarten and was a student at the school through to the end of Grade 2. At the end of that year, Emmett’s parents moved to Nova Scotia and since their departure he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The fundraiser held on March 12 is in support of the family as Emmett goes through treatment.
“We had an excellent turnout!” exclaimed Glenda Ries, in an email summarizing the event.
“It was a great example of our community pulling together to support a family.”
Activities at the event included face painting, balloon animals and an obstacle course.
Theresetta principal Amberly Hepp was set up and selling “Team Emmett” bracelets, candy bags, and cupcakes donated by a Stettler business.
A silent auction was organized as well, with over 50 local businesses and families donating to it.
“There were lots of happy winners,” said Ries.
According to Ries, a “touching moment” from the day occurred when Emmett and his family did a video conference call on the big screen in the gymnasium. Emmett then “chose his favourite song” which everyone danced to.
As things wound down, the Grade 3-4 class said a prayer they wrote for their friend followed by Emmett’s grandparents thanking everyone for the support of their grandson.
The event wrapped up with a Cookie Bingo organized by Mrs. Kneller.
“Overall, the event was an amazing success,” said Ries.
Over $9,000 was raised to help the McNabb family navigate through this challenging time.