Students honour the late Fr. Zorzi with walk

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  • October 9, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - Nine-hundred students at St. Michael’s College School walked to conquer cancer at their first event in honour of a beloved past school president.

The students raised $17,000 which they will donate to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation on behalf of the late Fr. Daniel Zorzi, C.S.B., their school president who died of cancer at the age of 48 in January.

“We were inspired to do some kind of memorial walk in his name,” said Patrick Colangelo, president of the student government at St. Michael’s. “We all went to the funeral and we were all saddened. It was actually a day off at St Michael’s — it was that big of an event.”

The walk, held in the community park behind the school, despite the rain, was part of the school’s spirit week, meant to demonstrate the influence and potential of community. It coincided with the annual celebration of the feast day of St. Michael and included a barbecue, a pep rally and a school Mass.

“So the whole-day event was devoted to St. Michael’s tradition, St. Michael’s legacy and then of course the walk was a wonderful event in Fr. Zorzi’s name to top it off,” Colangelo said.

Fr. Joe Redican, C.S.B., the school’s current president, said they wanted to honour the hospital that took care of Zorzi by donating the money for cancer research.

St. Michael’s College School, founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers, is Ontario’s only independent Catholic school for young men. Zorzi was president of the school from 2000 to 2005.

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