Queen's students meet post-secondary challenge
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation singled out two Queen’s students for their exceptional contributions during last fall’s inaugural national Post-Secondary Team Challenge during the CIBC Run for the Cure.
“I have been incredibly lucky and blessed with the support I have received from friends and family. They were the reason I was able to raise funds well beyond anything I could have hoped for,” says Poonam Batra (Med ’12), who received a CIBC Education Award after raising one of the largest amounts by a post-secondary student in Canada.
Ms Batra’s main motivation was to raise awareness about breast cancer. Two years ago she was diagnosed with the disease despite having no risk factors. Sharing her story with family members, friends and colleagues in her department resulted in the creation of “Team Purple – Queen’s Medicine and Friends,” which has had tremendous success supporting Run for the Cure.
Queen’s Rugby Team player Colin Greenwood (Sc’13) was presented with a Team Captain Leadership Award for helping his team members raise the most funds by a post-secondary team in Ontario.
Mr. Greenwood attributes his award to the dedication of every member of the rugby team to raise at least $150 each, allowing them to exceed their goal of $30,000. The team raised money in-person as well as online through Facebook, Twitter and personal donation pages. The rugby team has consistently been one of the top fundraising teams in the Kingston area.
“From playing rugby and being involved in all of Queen’s men’s rugby community initiatives, I’ve been able to see how important leadership, teamwork and organization are in your daily life, athletically and academically,” says Mr. Greenwood.