The Drumheller Valley Secondary School gym was packed with screaming students on Sept. 20, but there wasn't a sporting event in sight.

The school hosted its annual Terry Fox Cake Auction on Wednesday morning, and it was a roaring success. Although the fundraising event won't be over until Sept. 29, Organizer Ryan Hatch said his quick tally of the 37 cakes sold totaled $2,259.

Where did the idea for a Terry Fox Cake Auction come from?

"Myself and [teacher] Laura Hegberg, we've run the Terry Fox run together the last couple of years and we noticed that kids weren't bringing money in," explained Hatch. "We were trying to think of ideas or ways that we could bring money in."

This was the third year that the school held the auction to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation.

"[The auction] just snowballed from there. I said I'd run as the auctioneer and we started moving cakes. The first year, it was good and in the last couple of years, it just builds and builds and the excitement... It's a lot of fun."

Hatch said that everyone gets in on the fun, even if they don't attend DVSS or buy a cake.

"The cakes are made by staff members and students and parents. People donate them, that's what's so exciting about it. Once you tell them what it's for, they're so easy to come and donate."

Fundraising continues throughout this week and next. The school will collect "Toonies for Terry", hold a Terry Fox walk on Sept. 28 and donate two dollars from every admission fee into their Sept. 29 dance.

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