Surrey student to wear burlap sack at graduation, to raise $10,000 for Philippines orphanage

Dec 19 2017, 10:11 am

Instead of wearing a traditional dress, 18-year old Courtney Barich will be wearing a burlap sack to her high school graduation.

The Grade 12 student at Surrey’s private Holy Cross Regional High School has opted out of spending hundreds of dollars on a dress to undergo a fundraising effort for St. Martin De Porres Orphanage in the Philippines, which was devastated by Typhoon Hainan in November 2013.

“While I would love to join my peers and dress up in a glitzy dress for grad, I feel we are so spoiled as Canadian children and the need to wear that glitzy dress is not important,” said Barich on her website. “In addition to this, I have been part of a team that has handed out much needed items to the homeless in the downtown east side.”

Courtney Barich

Last month, she traveled to the Philippines with some classmates to help build an orphanage and find out what is needed for the children. Through her burlap sack graduation dress campaign, she hopes to raise $10,000 for the orphanage – money that will go towards academic education, medical needs, food, and shelter for orphaned children.

In the fall, she will return to the orphanage with her sister to deliver the donated money and volunteer again.

As of today, and with 57 days remaining in the campaign, approximately $4,000 has been raised for the orphanage.

For more information and to donate, visit her website:


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