Editorial: Good news for a change

During a week when a government watchdog group exposed a massive amount of wasted provincial tax dollars in the form of a committee that never met, but for which members still collected a stipend, and reopened old wounds here in St. Albert over the controversial Starbucks kiosk in Servus Credit Union Place, it only seems natural that this space would be filled with some sort of commentary on these issues.

But that’s low-hanging fruit; that’s the easy way out. And besides, there is at least one other group of people in St. Albert who deserve to have their horn tooted a whole lot louder than they can do themselves.

That group would be the dedicated students and teachers who put on and participated in the ninth annual Bike-A-Thon at Bellerose Composite High School. For 48 hours, jam-packed into the school’s cafeteria and often running on very little sleep, these students and teachers gave it their all to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Kids with Cancer Society.

And raise money they did — to the tune of $165,000 total, more than double the goal they initially set out to meet.

For anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether you were the unfortunate soul to get the diagnosis or it was a loved one, it is truly heartening and touching to see so many step up and take up the fight against this terrible disease.

The fact that it was young people — the leaders of tomorrow, so to speak — who took the lead in organizing and raising money.

For every story of government corruption or waste that makes the front page headlines, there always seems to be a story like the Bike-A-Thon buried somewhere deep in the newspaper. And not that the public doesn’t have a right to know about the bad news, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to see good news stories like what Bellerose undertook rise to the top of the news cycle every now and again?

It would certainly make the world seem like a better, more caring place for us all.

— GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader