On 1 May 2017 and 2 May 2017 the MGCI Orphan Sponsorship Club held cotton candy sales in the cafeteria. Working alongside the Orphan Sponsorship Program at the University of Toronto, this was the first year that these sales were available and a variety of different sweets were offered that students could purchase at lunch. All proceeds will be going towards orphans in Bangladesh; however, interested donors could sponsor orphans in other countries as well.
The Orphan Sponsorship Club advertised the first ever cotton candy sale through social media posts, announcements, and word of mouth. The advertisements on social media allowed students to see the different proportions of cotton candy that would be awarded to the different levels of donations.
The club held sales on the first floor and offered four different options for students to choose from. Students would receive hard candy for a donation of fifty cents, a cup of cotton candy for a donation of one dollar, a cone of cotton candy for a donation of two dollars, and a bag of cotton candy for a generous donation of five dollars. In total, the club raised seventy dollars.
The event was originally advertised as Cotton Candy week. However, due to a machine malfunction on the morning of Wednesday, 3 May, the club could only sell the cotton candy on Monday and Tuesday. Another minor issue was the confusion over where the cotton candy was being sold. Students were not sure about where to go to buy the cotton candy, as it was not specified in the advertisements. Fortunately, many students still found the sales and were able to contribute to the cause.
The school board only allows schools to sell unhealthy food for a total of ten days. As there were days left over, the MGCI Orphan Sponsorship Club was able to work within the restrictions to sell cotton candy to the students.
When asked about the success of the event, Ayman Kazi, the president and founder of the MGCI Orphan Sponsorship Club, said, “It was quite successful, although the machine malfunctioning caused us to pull the plug and I think we could have gotten some more donations.”
Students were fairly pleased as well. When asked about why he participated, student Dylan Xiao said, “I wanted to get something sweet and it was nice to know that my money goes towards a good cause.”