CBU’s Nursing class of 2017 is currently planning their volunteer trip to South America and are grateful for the generous donation given by this year’s Connor Timmons Memorial Soccer Tournament. Held each year, the Connor Timmons Memorial Soccer Tournament honors Connor Timmons, a son, brother, friend, and athlete who passed away in 2009 at the age of 20 years old.
Connor loved to play soccer and to make a difference in the world – which are two things the tournament focuses on. Each year, money is raised and given to sponsor individuals and groups, like the CBU Nursing group, who are travelling to other countries to volunteer. This year, more than 30 teams competed in the tournament.
The Nursing students volunteered at the tournament as medics during the games, providing first aid when necessary, and were also involved in the opening ceremonies for the tournament, leading teams onto the field and carrying their signs, as well as preparing food items for the canteen and selling t-shirts at the merchandise table.
Morgan McGillvray, one of the students in the Nursing group, says, “ The committee of the tournament very generously donated $1500 to our group following our volunteer involvement over the weekend. $1000 of this will aid us in our personal fundraising goals, while $500 will be used for supplies to take with us. This will be a huge help and all of our group members are extremely grateful.”
The trip is planned to take place in the spring of 2017. Students traveling with the group will have a variety of clinical experiences such as providing care in hospitals, clinics, communities, and child care organizations. “We’ll have the opportunity to learn about and engage in the various cultures of the country we visit, and will hopefully be able to teach and pass on some of the things we’ve learned during our previous years in the nursing program,” says Morgan.
Morgan adds, “I think I speak for our whole group when I say this trip will mean so much to us! It’s an experience of a lifetime, one that will help us in both our work and personal lives. After hearing such great things from the group who traveled to Ecuador, we are so excited to participate in a trip of our own next year. We’re so thankful to be given this opportunity, and to the businesses and community members in Cape Breton who have helped us so far in our fundraising efforts.”