Saskatchewan

Regina high school hoping to save seniors night

A long and storied program for senior citizens at Regina's Balfour Collegiate is coming to an end after 27 years.

Co-ordinator seeking donations to reach $2,600 goal

Students at Balfour Collegiate participate in seniors night in 2015. (Submitted by Raeleen Fehr-Rose)

A dance for senior citizens that's been at Regina's Balfour Collegiate for 27 years appears to be coming to an end — but there's hope it may make a comeback.

People behind Balfour seniors night are looking for public support to keep it going for the 28th year and into future. 

Hosted and organized by 150-plus students at the high school, seniors night runs once a year. It gives older Regina residents a night out on the town for entertainment and dancing.

However, it looks like this year the May event isn't happening, because there's not enough money for it.

"It's definitely a disappointment," said Raeleen Fehr-Rose, who helps co-ordinate the program. "It's an event that staff and students look forward to each year."

She and longtime participant Cec Chapman spoke with Sheila Coles on CBC's The Morning Edition about the potential end to the program.

Fehr-Rose said she loves how the students benefit from the evening. 

"[They] come to own the event. They create decorations, and put them up. They serve in every capacity: assisting the commercial cooking teacher, putting on entertainment and acting as a dancing companions." 

Raeleen Fehr-Rose and Cec Chapman would like to see Balfour Collegiate's seniors night keep going. (CBC)

As for the 90-year-old Chapman, he said the event is a special one for seniors, especially because they get to have a night out.

"A lot of seniors are shut-ins. It's an evening out for them. Most seniors don't like going out in the evening," he said. 

The food and the old-time music, which brings them back to their early days, is a big boost for the participants, he said. 

"It's the intermixing of students and seniors," he said. "It's the entertainment and everything that goes with it."

In order to try to keep the program running for its 28th year, Fehr-Rose has started a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.

The program has reached $58 of its $2,600 goal, she said.

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