On Feb. 4, seven vans, four buses, and three cars, jam-packed with a total of 270 excited teenagers made their way to our nation’s capital for a weekend of positive pro-life activism. The Skate for Life is an annual fund raising event hosted by Ontario Students for Life. This year’s skaters gathered an extraordinary total of $11,993 in pledges, our biggest total ever.
Students from all over Ontario came to Ottawa and camped out at Notre Dam High School. Saturday began with Paul Nicholson’s amazingly motivational talk on activism. Next it was the Rideau Canal for the skate-a-thon where our singing, cheering and banner waving group received many positive responses from the tourists attending the Winterlude Festival.
The frigid temperatures did not put a damper on the candlelight vigil at the Civic Hospital, which performs over 2200 abortions annually. After the vigil, everyone still had enough energy to go wild at the dance and stay up all night talking to new-found friends. The weekend ended on Sunday morning with a delicious pancake breakfast which was provided by the Ottawa Knights of Columbus and mass which was celebrated by Archbishop Marcel Gervais.
Everyone left just a little tired but with inspired plans for future ways in which to spread the pro-life message back home.