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QLCS raises over $25,000 for cancer research in 2017–18

A recap of QLCS's amazing year

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This past school year, the Queen’s Law Cancer Society (QLCS) raised over $25,000 for Canadian cancer research. In recognition of this achievement and the hard work of those involved, the Kingston branch of the Canadian Cancer Society presented QLCS with a Community Impact Award.

“It was incredible to be involved in a group that is not only one of the largest clubs at Queen’s Law but one that captures the attention and compassion of so many students, staff and members of the Kingston community,” said Anu Lalith Kumar, Law’19, who with Diane Wu, Law’19, were co-presidents of the QLCS this year.

QLCS raised $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, $5,600 for the CIBC Run for the Cure in October, and $2,756 for the Movember Foundation in November.

QLCS is a club of about 30 student executives who put on events all year. Many more QL students give their time and money to QLCS events.

The annual Cabaret for a Cure on March 15 was a hit. More than 150 students performed as models and dancers at Cabaret, the Queen’s Law Choir performed, and about 400 audience members attended.

Local businesses donated items for the raffle and provided clothes for the fashion shows. Juris Diction’s own Ethan Gordon donated his talents as auctioneer. QLCS auctioned off tickets to Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors games. Ethan handled intense bidding for favourites like dinner with the Dean and drinks with Professor Nick Bala.

In November, QLCS raised money for the Movember Foundation, a charity focused on funding research in prostate and testicular cancers, supporting men’s mental health and preventing suicide.

For Movember, some students grew moustaches, and many more joined the QLCS at events throughout the month, like basketball and squash tournaments. In partnership with the Sports and Entertainment Law Club, QLCS hosted the Big Lawbowlski bowling tournament and Halloween costume contest.

There was a video games night at Barcadia as part of Movember as well, where students to showed off their Super Smash Bros. skills. In the student lounge, there were blindfolded attempts to Pin the Mo’ on (a photo of) the Dean.

Students donated more than money and time, too. The club organized monthly shuttles to blood donor clinics at Canadian Blood Services. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation lead to lower blood cell counts, and surgical patients might also need blood transfusions before or after the procedure.

In April, students Anu Lalith Kumar and Mal Seto donated their hair to make wigs for patients who lose their hair in chemotherapy.

Once again, QLCS has had a tremendous year, and the Queen’s Law community should be proud of their efforts. QLCS will kick off the 2018-19 year in September with the soccer baseball tournament.

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