Robyn Scott and Martine McDaniel have personal reasons to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
The two are heading up “Lock Up Your Leader,” which will see 22 students from campus residences confine themselves to a single room for up to 24 straight hours. The event is a fundraiser pledged this year to fight leukemia and lymphoma.
Residence assistants in Macdonald Hall, they both have people close to them affected by these forms of cancer. McDaniel, a fourth-year disabilities studies major, says her mother was diagnosed last fall with lymphoma. Scott cites Michael DaSilva, who died in November 2015 of leukemia, as a mentor.
“He was my RA when I first entered residence,” says the third-year student of drama and communications.
Lock-up participants—current and future residence assistants as well as two members of the Windsor Inter-Residence Council—have been soliciting donations to determine the length of their mock incarcerations. Donors can also purchase rewards or punishments for set amounts.
“For $2, they can put a pie in the face of any of the leaders,” McDaniel says.
Scott says her favourite idea is that for $10, donors can specify that any two participants spend a half-hour shackled together.
The event will run from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, and is set in the overflow room for the Crocodile Grill on the ground floor of Vanier Hall. Besides offering the space, Food and Catering Services will supply coffee to participants.
Anyone can drop by during that time to make a donation. To contribute on line or consult the full list of available rewards and punishments, visit the event’s crowdfunding site.