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Students organize massive dodgeball tourney to raise funds for Winnipeg Harvest

Windsor Park Collegiate will host the tournament Tuesday, which sees 17 teams of seven students participating.

Christian Melendez Gallegos, Sukhman Pannu, Rory Picton and Noah Hinds, Jeremie Minani and Brendan Yeryk.

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Christian Melendez Gallegos, Sukhman Pannu, Rory Picton and Noah Hinds, Jeremie Minani and Brendan Yeryk.

Sounds like these students are about to have a ball.

After a student at Windsor Park Collegiate (WPC) passed some of the city’s most vulnerable on the streets daily, he and his friends decided to do something about it – in the form of a dodgeball tournament.

Student Jeremie Minani buses past Higgins Avenue and Main Street when heading to and from school daily.

“I remember seeing somebody who was really cold on the street. As I was passing by, I kind of felt like we should do something about it,” said Minani.

A member of the WPC’s career internship program, Minani and five of his friends talked to the program’s partner, Protega, which runs the Butterfly Project.

“People can come together who either have an idea and need help making it happen, or want to find an idea or want to discover an idea for a need in the community and get the resources they need to figure out what they can do quickly and how to make that small thing grow bigger,” said Chris Loewen of Protegra.

When Minani’s group chose to support Winnipeg’s homeless, they initially wanted collect warm clothing.

However, Loewen said he encouraged them to go to Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and find out if there was a greater need.

The students discovered food is a bigger need, so they planned a dodgeball tournament that will raise money and collect food for Winnipeg Harvest.

About 17 teams of seven students signed up for the one-day tournament, which happens Tuesday.

While the project is for WPC students, they encourage others to get involved by making a donation to Winnipeg Harvest on their own.

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