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Wanted: new and used toys
Elgin Hall's philanthropy committee is holding their first ever toy drive at the Covent Garden Market on Dec. 2.
With Christmas nearing, hundreds of underprivileged children will be in need, said Elgin's philanthropy commissioner Sean D. Lehane.
All toys will be distributed in women's shelters and children's hospitals in London.
The committee is part of the Elgin Hall Residents' Council and organizes charity and community events. Lehane said he regards community support as an essential key to making this initiative a success.
"We want to move our actions more out into the city, so that the city can see what university students are doing," he said.
A booth will be set up directly inside the market's King Street entrance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be accepting both new and used toys in good condition.
Engineers building bridges
Engineers have a chance to test their Popsicle stick bridge-building talents during a contest today at 1 p.m.
Monty Pardhan of the Western Society of Civil Engineers said competitors have had three weeks to build the bridges that will be tested for their strength and aesthetics.
"The contest is open to everyone to watch," Pardhan said. "The people who will be participating are all types of engineers, from first to fourth-year," he said, noting there will be a special prize for the best first-year student built bridge.
The annual competition will be held in room 1059 of Engineering Sciences Building.
Masquerading for Ronald McDonald
One of Western's largest cultural clubs is gearing up for their annual formal.
This year, the Canadian Asians International Student Association's formal will not only be a good time, but money collected will go to help out London's Ronald McDonald House, said CAISA's special events director Ophelia Bou.
"Masquerade" is the chosen theme of the night and the formal will be held on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Delta Armouries Hotel, Bou said. There will be a reception beginning at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. and a dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., she added.
"We expect a lot of people this year, more than in the past given the price and the new location," Bou said, explaining the tickets are cheaper this year than they have been in the past. The castle-like atmosphere of the hotel will add to the masquerade feeling.
There will also be tonnes of prizes to give away, Bou said.
Tickets are $30 for CAISA members and $38 for non-members and will be on sale today, tomorrow and next week in the University Community Centre atrium.