posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:05 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Stingers Working at Tomorrow (SWAT), the youth philanthropy group at Nellie McClung Collegiate have been busy planning their yearly course of action for the upcoming school year, and are looking forward to attending We Day Manitoba next Friday November 18 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. About 16,000 students and educators from schools across Manitoba are expected to attend We Day Manitoba, “an annual series of events around the world that combine live music with speeches aimed at empowering young people to take action on local and global causes.” This year marks the sixth time that We Day has taken place in the province, with NMC attending the last five. The We Day movement was created by the organization Free the Children, known now as We Charity.

Data collected shows that “Manitoba students who took part in We Day in the 2015-16 school year volunteered almost 250,000 hours and raised nearly $650,000 to support a variety of causes, including Fort McMurray wildfire relief, work to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada and campaigns to raise awareness of bullying and poverty.”

Organizers recently announced the line-up for the day. “Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, singer and TV personality Paula Abdul and the Man in Motion himself, Rick Hansen, will be among those speaking to Manitoba youth” at the event. “Other speakers include Margaret Trudeau - the mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and an author and mental health advocate - along with We Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger. Local speakers include Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Kyle Nobess, who will talk about the ‘importance of a supportive community and the power of overcoming internal struggles.’ The We Day audience will also hear from Capri Everitt, a 12-year-old Vancouver girl who toured 80 countries this past year - singing each nation's anthem in their native language - to raise money for SOS Children's Villages and draw attention to children living in poverty. As well, the event will feature musical performances by singer-songwriters Jully Black, Tyler Shaw and Jillea, as well as musical duo Nico & Vinz and the DJ collective Celebrity Marauders.” It should be a motivational day and a great way to kick-off the 2016-17 year for the group. SWAT is composed of grade 7s: Hope Charles, Katie Beckett, Taytum McKinney, Sarah Sharpe, Grace Morrow, Aidan Unrau, Jenna Weeks; grade8s: Elisabeth Neufeld, Emma Farley, Meagan Huebner; grade 9s: Sunessa Worms, Aliviah Collins, Alyssa Tickner, Mackenzie Johnson; grade 10s: Leah Sanders, Brooklyn Nichol, Hayden Morrow, Riley Johnson, Kassidy Wayson, Jackson Hacault; grade 11s: Carlee Henderson, Amy Neufeld, Mikah Harms; and staff member Grant Caldwell, Alyson Evans, Kelly Caldwell.

SWATs first project for this year is presently ongoing as during the month of November, they will be collecting gently used winter clothing. Clothes will be accepted for both children and adults, which will then be donated to separate organizations. The children's clothing will be brought to the Fire Department in Morden which will then go to Koats for Kids. The adult clothing will be distributed in Winnipeg to Siloam Mission. Collections for children's clothing will end on Monday, November 14th, and adult clothing collections ending on Wednesday, November 23rd. All donations can be brought to Nellie McClung Collegiate between the times of 8:30a.m - 3:30p.m. Thank you for your support!

Buzz notes: The Stingers Sr. Varsity girls’ volleyball team is on a bit of a slide heading into play-offs as they lost a pair of matches last week. On Wednesday the team was defeated three games-to one by the MHSAA #5 seeded Glenboro Panthers and on Thursday the team was beat by the Cartwright Clippers three games-to one. Play-offs started yesterday with the Stingers ranked 4th in Zone 6 …..The Pembina Tigers dropped both of their games last week 6-2 to Morden and 6-5 in overtime to the NPC Nighthawks of Winkler. This puts their current record at 2-2-1, and in the middle of the pack in the Zone 6 league. The team was back at it last night in Carman vs. the first place Cougars and will play the GVC Zodiacs for the third time (the Tigers have won the opening two games) on Saturday in Winkler.