UTM fundraises for puppies


Covering the Blind Duck Pub with paw prints, the Student Management Association hosted its first charity event, Cause for Paws, last Wednesday. Over 115 people came out to show their support.

Attendees enjoyed a night of good food provided by Boston Pizza, along with an array of entertaining performances. The night featured a dance performance by Rhythm (the winner of UTM’s Got Talent 2012), a special vocal performance by Sarah Adnan (SMA’s  marketing director), and a beatboxer.

The highlight of the night was the comedic set by Eddie Della Siepe from MuchMusic’s hit show Video on Trial. He picked on people from the audience, raising roars of laughter from the crowd. The night ended with a date auction. There was also a raffle draw, with prizes ranging from a private networking session with a CMA professional to a 29” LCD television.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to support the Oakville and Milton Humane Society, a low-euthanasia animal shelter committed to finding loving “forever homes” for the animals in their care. As a registered charity, the shelter receives no government or external funding, relying solely on the support of individuals and groups. Nikki Fernandes, SMA’s finance director, raved about the tireless efforts of the SMA team in promoting this event across campus, which helped them exceed their goal of $1,000.

“We’ve been fundraising for the Humane Society all year through our ‘Pennies for Pets’ campaign and have been told by the shelter’s representative that we are changing the lives of many animals,” said Rayed Chaudhry, SMA’s social director.