Cadets rally for one of their own

St. Patrick himself would have been proud of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets last week in Cloverdale.

Representatives of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets Corps pose post-fundraiser at the Cloverdale Legion: Second Lt. Timothy Toth

St. Patrick himself would have been proud of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets last week in Cloverdale. Their efforts at a Legion gathering will help one of their own – a cadet mom battling breast cancer described as “such a beautiful woman, inside and out.”

To help Lt. Allyison MacDougall, a single mom undergoing cancer treatments, the cadets sold tickets for a St. Patrick’s Day pub night, held at the Cloverdale

Legion March 17.

The final tally isn’t yet in, but a 50/50 draw at the event brought in $200, and there was a silent auction as well. Overall, the evening is was thought to have raised several hundred dollars. The  money represents a lifeline for MacDougall, w doesn’t qualify for sick leave benefits despite working three part-time, contract jobs.

There is an online fundraiser to help Lt. MacDougall at

So far, just over $3,000 has been contributed in two months.

“Allyison is by far the sweetest, kindest, nicest and most warm-hearted mother and friend that anybody could truly ask for,” her daughter writes on the campaign webpage, adding she hopes people will remember to keep Allyison in their prayers for a quick and safe recovery.

[Allyison MacDougall, right]

“This woman and her daughter are very important to so many people, and especially to those cadets in the army cadet corps she has been involved in,” friend Laura Sutton wrote.

“Give today! She is worth it.”

“This was a great event,” said Cpt. Mark Iredale, CO of the 2277 Corps, thanking the Cloverdale Legion for its continued support. “I think fun was had by all in attendance.”

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