This week’s Throwback Thursday are images of one of our favourite events at EC Montreal; our annual charity bake sale. This year would have been our 17th annual bake sale for the Shriner’s Hospital. The entire EC community would work for weeks in advance to pull off a very successful event! We would ask staff, teachers, homestays and other partners to donate baked goods or raffle prizes to our event. We would sell cellophane bags for $5 and students could fill them up to their heart’s…or stomach’s content! In addition, we would sell coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as raffle tickets. We would have incredible donated prizes from staff and vendors like hotels, restaurants and shops.
One of the best fundraising efforts came from our students who sold lottery tickets for the 50/50 raffle. 50% of the pot would be won by a student and the other 50% would be added to the donations to the Shriner’s Hospital. Most winning students end up donating their winnings.
We would set up our baked goods outside the elevators and we would happily sell treats until all the trays are empty. We would even get all the other tenants in the buildings to buy treats as well.
When all the donation boxes were counted, we would always have a very impressive amount of money to donate to the hospital. If we didn’t reach our goal, EC would top it off for us. Giving back is a very important element of our culture at EC. Getting our students involved in our local charitable events is such a great way for our students to feel like they are part of the Montreal community.
The Shriner’s Hospital would invite us to present the donation check and would give our students a tour of the hospital and thank us endlessly for our donations. It was always such a wonderful “feel good” moment. Students were very impressed with the tour and the incredible work being done.
This year, because of the covid pandemic, we are unable to hold our beloved event. We will, instead, sell an EC Montreal charity cookbook. The recipes come from the weekly recipes posted on this blog page. All the recipes tell a story of past EC activities, our EC taste of Montreal, seasonal foods and family recipes. For those interested in purchasing the charity cookbook should contact us and we will send out a digital copy and a payment link where donations can be made.
Let’s show everyone how EC Montreal gives back!