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Event raises money for veterans’ program

Students answered the “Call of Duty” at BCIT on October 25, completing an obstacle course with a military theme.

Obstacles like cattle wire and ammunition boxes challenged participants who raised funds for BCIT’s Legion Military Skills Conversion Program scholarship.

The Legion Military Skills Conversion Program is an initiative designed to help members of the Canadian Forces transfer skills learned in the military into civilian careers.

Call of Duty, their first fundraiser of the year, raised over $600 for the scholarship with students and faculty coming out to support the cause.

“I wanted to create an awareness of the Canadian forces here in BCIT,” said event organizer Lauren Fitzpatrick, “it gives the students and faculty a chance to give back.”

“[The Canadian military] doesn’t ask for recognition, they serve from their heart,” she added, ”As fellow Canadians that have benefitted from this peaceful era, it’s the least we can do.”

With a real military training session in mind, Paul Guilmain, who serves as a liaison for the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program, designed the course. Students teamed up in units of four to tackle the challenges and compete for the $200 grand prize.

Team Thunder Thighs, from international trades, took first place, setting a time just 10 seconds over that of the military’s best.

– All photos courtesy Brenda Lee[hr]

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