Burnaby’s Got Talent: A Youth Organized Charity Event

On April 10, 2013, Burnaby’s Got Talent was hosted at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby as an effort to raise $4,000 for the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness. With a 100% student run team, the SD41 District Students’ advisory council worked for months on end to create the event.

Hours were put into the set list and speeches and Carson and Caroline (shown above) were exceptional MCs who kept everyone entertained when the stagehands were busy setting up or taking down equipment. Performers rehearsed endlessly to ensure that their acts were flawless. (Burnaby Mountain Dance Company and band Kendra shown below)

Performers originated from all schools of the district, bringing together a sense of community and spirit that you usually do not see in growing cities such as ours. It’s hard to even see school spirit present on our separate campuses, so it was a refreshing change to see students cheer on people that they have never met before, despite it being a competition. Friends, teachers and family came out to show support, and consequently learned about an issue that they might have never heard of before. Poverty is usually associated with slums and shantytowns, not a modern suburban city such as Burnaby. What many do not realize is that becoming homeless may not be just a sign of poverty. It could be natural disasters or just plain unfortunate circumstances. During the planning processes and when the team was collecting donations, two house fires occurred in our city. The families were displaced; their homes were in ruins. It feels good to say that we were able to help directly and immediately with some of the donations that we’ve already received.

And that’s just the beauty of helping out locally. You’re able to see the effects immediately and know that you have done a good thing and given to a good cause.

By the end of the night, the theatre was sold out and we raised over $5,500, well over our goal. Youth are capable of great things, and can make great change in society, but to me, it is best to start at home.

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