Female students Christmas shop and self-indulge at NSCC's If the Shoe Fits party fundraiser. (Photo: Lindsay Morey)

Female students Christmas shop and self-indulge at NSCC's If the Shoe Fits party fundraiser. (Photo: Lindsay Morey)

NSCC Relay for Life fall fundraiser is a shoe-in

Shoes, Christmas shopping and charity - a winning combination for NSCC raising money for cancer research.

The sound of shoes click-clacking and squeals of excited shoppers filled the air at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) on Wednesday. The commotion was for a fall fundraiser taking place in the Snider Family Gallery for NSCC's Relay for Life.

Tables displayed shoes and handbags that were marked at student-friendly prices. The smorgasbord of boots, high heels, sandals and flats ranged from $10-70. The two-hour event was a fundraiser organized between the locally-owned business, If the Shoe Fits, and NSCC's Relay for Life organization.

Students both give and receive at NSCC's If the Shoe Fits Party

"Someone said shoes and I literally came running over!" NSCC student and shoeaholic Emily Murphy said, laughing.

That's exactly what Regan Leadley wanted to hear. She's the president of the student association and participant for the NSCC's 2012 Relay for Life. She helped put together NSCC's second If the Shoe Fits on-campus party fundraiser.

The women who made it happen, from left to right: Kim Hoskin, Shelley Penton, Tara Tasco along with NSCC student Regan Leadley. (Photo: Lindsay Morey)

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The women who made it happen, from left to right: Kim Hoskin, Shelley Penton, Tara Tasco along with NSCC student Regan Leadley. (Photo: Lindsay Morey)

The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life is an overnight event where people are sponsored to walk, run or dance for 12 hours straight. All money raised goes towards cancer research. The relay will take place on June 15, 2012.

"Everyone's having a great time. There's lots of people walking away with shoes which is what we like to see!" Leadley said.

If the low prices of shoes wasn't enough of an incentive to buy them, students were able to buy a lollipop for $1 that came with a money-saving coupon worth up to 50 per cent off any purchase.

NSCC's Relay for Life fundraiser timed perfectly for Christmas shopping

Leadley said students have more money to spend around Christmas time. She hoped this would work to the fundraiser's advantage as the team hoped to raise over $300 through the shoe sale. 

Last year two NSCC relay teams raised more than $1,800 for the charity. This year the college plans to have more teams involved and it expects to more than double the amount raised.

Eyeing a pair of chocolate-brown Christian Louboutin-inspired leather boots, Murphy, a media and communications student, says buying these shoes is guilt-free because it supports a cause she believes in. Murphy says she has been involved with Relay for Life every year.

Shelley Penton, If the Shoe Fits' owner, says she likes to do as many fundraisers as possible to give back to the community. Ten per cent of the day's purchases will be donated to the college's Relay teams.

As of the date of publication, the amount raised was not yet calculated.

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