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Help Lasalle students raise $10K for Finlandia’s greenhouse project

As part of high school’s fifth annual SISU fundraiser, each student participant aims to walk at least 10,000 steps between now and Nov. 5
In 2019 photo of the SISU walk, Lasalle Secondary students Leah Johnston, Amy Adair and Alexandra McNeely, at the fourth annual Sling Choker SISU Family Walk held in partnership with Lasalle Secondary School. (Keira Ferguson/

Lasalle Secondary students have ‘sisu’ and they aim to show it as part of the school’s fifth annual SISU fundraiser.

‘Sisu’ is a Finnish concept that embodies grit, tenacity, bravery and determination. Today, Oct. 20, Lasalle students will use their sisu to raise more than $10,000 in support of a greenhouse project at Finlandia Village. 

The greenhouse will be used to cultivate food and herbs for the residents, and with the help of Lasalle’s teen walkers, it will be built.

“Some 550 competitors will walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day from Monday, October 18th to Friday, November 5th, in a Walker Tracker trek Around Australia,” the school said in a news release.

The tracker trek (measured in the steps each student takes) will see students walk virtually from Darwin to Sydney, to Perth and Port Hedland. They will monitor their progress using pedometers provided by event partner Sling Choker Manufacturing.

“At Lasalle Secondary School, we are committed to promoting lifelong health and wellness for all,” says Principal Maureen McNamara. “We also take pride in supporting our seniors, sustainability and the community in which we live. We invite the public to join our students and staff as we journey around Australia and raise funds to enhance the quality of life for residents at Finlandia Village.”

Students have also adopted a senior to walk for to help motivate them to succeed. They have also prepared paper footprint cutouts to decorate school windows.

“I also commend the many participants, including students, staff and supporters,” McNamara said. “This is a true demonstration of SISU. Kiitos! Thank you to all.”

If you would like to contribute to the Lasalle Secondary SISU fundraiser, you can do so at this website.