Volume 93, Issue 66
Thursday, January 27, 2000
Starting today at 2 p.m., a 24 hour rock-a-thon will take place in the University Community Centre's atrium to raise funds for Best Buddies Canada.
BBC is a non-profit organization which matches Western students with people in the community who suffer from developmental diseases, said Matthew Swain, BBC co-ordinator.
"It's our fourth year here and we're the biggest chapter in Canada," he added.
Swain said the rock-a-thon will include food, information and prizes. "It's just awareness of people with development disorders to break barriers and realize, gosh, these are some of the best people in the world."
This Saturday, Western will host some very special athletes.
Mentally challenged children from the London community, paired with Western students, will compete in the Winter Special Games hosted by the kinesiology department, said Bruce MacAllister, the event's co-chair.
MacAllister said the games begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Thames Hall Gym and will continue until 2:30 p.m.. Athletes will compete on University College hill, in J.W. Little Memorial Stadium, the University Community Centre atrium and Thames Hall Gym. The emphasis will be on fun, with only a bit of competitiveness, he added.
"This is an opportunity for students to show how they care about the community," MacAllister said. "It's all about the participants having a good time."
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