Students of Springfield College look forward to Sti-Yu-Ka week all year long because it’s a time to celebrate the end of another school year and the beginning of spring (though this year the latter seems a bit delayed). The week is chock-full of fun events for students. One of the events in particular, AirWaves, is set to be a fun event that supports a great cause.
AirWaves is an event that is based off AirBandz, a competition that often features costumed groups of students performing original choreography and was created at Laurentian University in Canada. Both musically-based attractions are also used as a fundraising tool for the schools that put them on.
“Last year, Laurentian University raised over $21,000 for cancer research,” said Bryan Cayabyab, the resident director of the Senior Suites. “In addition to bringing about cancer awareness and supporting cancer research, this event also brings students together to have fun and serve the community.” Springfield’s version of Laurentian’s “concert” will support the Sister Caritas Cancer Center in Mercy Medical Center, a local Springfield hospital.
According to Cayabyab, “The Sister Caritas Cancer Center offers Western Massachusetts residents the latest radiotherapy and treatment options available to help cancer patients receive the best possible services without having to travel outside the region. By adding some of the most advanced radiation treatment and diagnostic technology available, the Sister Caritas Cancer Center has raised the level of care provided to their cancer patients.”
The concert itself features groups of students lip-syncing, dancing and air-banding to different songs on stage at the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union. Students can participate in the event just by showing up and showing interest. Students who do not want to participate in the event or go to any subsequent fundraiser events can buy raffle tickets or donate to the charity. All proceeds will go directly to the Cancer Center. The contestants will be judged and will win various prizes based on placement. First place gets $300 cash, second place gets $200, and third place gets $100.
The concert will be held on Friday, April 25 on the Union Stage at 9:30 p.m.