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Friends hold successful fundraiser for Philippines disaster relief

A group of friends from Happy Valley-Goose Bay held a fundraiser earlier this month, to raise funds for disaster relief for the Philippines. Taking part in a ‘Game-a-thon’ on Dec. 13th were, back, from left: Kye Hillier, Nick Parsons, Cole Pilgrim, Jeremy Winters, Brendan Stuckless, Chris Deering; (front) Carlito Hillier.


Seven friends in Happy Valley-Goose Bay got the chance to hang out, have a laugh and have fun, all while raising money for a good cause earlier this month.

Kye Hillier and younger brother Carlito (along with mom, Stephanie) hosted five friends — Brendan Stuckless, Cole Pilgrim, Chris Deering, Jeremy Winters and Nick Parsons — at their home for a ‘Game-a-Thon.’

All seven solicited pledges from family and friends for the last few weeks and got together on Dec. 13th to play video games and taking part in other activities to raise money for disaster relief in the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon last month.

After a long — but fun-filled 24 hours — the young men managed to raise $500.

“Me and my mom were thinking of ways we could help,” explained Kye.

“We felt if something like this happened to us, we would want the community to help us, too.”

The boys got together at the Hillier home for 7 p.m. and continued their fundraiser until 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

“I thought it was a great idea to raise money for such a catastrophic event,” noted Brendan.

“It’s good for our community and (the Filipino) community.”

Cole added he didn’t mind at all when asked to take part.

“We get to have fun and hang out and help a good cause at the same time,” he said.

Chris also had no issue taking part.

“I wanted to help; it’s sad (what happened).”

“I feel bad for (the people affected),” noted Jeremy. “So I wanted to help and have fun at the same time.”

“It’s a good cause,” added Carlito.

Kye’s mom, Stephanie Hiller, said she is very proud of the boys for their fundraising initiative.

“I want to emphasize that many people might see teenagers as not caring much, but deep down, they all have good hearts and want to help others,” she said.


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