IE Weldon Secondary School held a Swabbing Clinic on April 9, 2015, to register people aged 17 – 35 as volunteers to become potential matches for patients who need stem cell transplants. Tessa, a former Weldon student, suggested the idea in memory of a young friend who passed away from Leukemia. Her name was Sarah Watkin.
Sarah’s drive for hope was started by her father, Mark Watkin. He had put out a challenge to all high schools in the Toronto area to host a Swabbing Clinic to build the registry for donors. Mayor John Tory has endorsed this campaign.
Weldon’s Athletic Union and Outdoor Education class volunteered to assist with this event and did a great job conducting the clinic. The clinic was organized by the OneMatch Organization.
In total, IE Weldon registered 108 people throughout the day. Mark Watkin, father of Sarah and founder of Sarah’s Drive for Hope, joined in the afternoon and was very touched and impressed by the staff and students. It was an excellent example of the wonderful spirit that thrives at TLDSB schools. View photos from the day below!