Group work is a very valuable exercise and can offer the opportunity for team building, sharing the workload, developing the art of compromise and patience, exercising flexibility, initiating innovative ideas, opinions and discussion and can reinforce organizational, listening and communication skills.  Our NOLA group ­continues to band together on fundraising projects with inspiring vision in the spirit of collaboration.

On February 18, 2012, we hosted a Mardi Gras themed event at the Ryerson pub with live music by The Woodshed Orchestra.  Inspired by “a bowlful of New Orleans second line, some essence of Randy Newman and a good measure of Howlin’ Wolf”, the Woodshed played for 2 hours offering a New Orleans soundtrack to this very successful fundraising event. 

On Facebook, our class organized a very successful silent auction of solicited, donated items including: a cell phone, dinner packages, sports equipment and much more.  Everyone participated by decorating the pub with purple, green and gold (the official colours of Mardi Gras), by making posters, blowing up (and popping!) balloons, inviting friends and family and working the door and silent auction table. 

We have just over a month left to fundraise for our NOLA trip.  With 2 bake sales, this event and more to come, I think we are well on our way to establishing the strong bonds of friendship and have proven our commitment to hard work.