The president of a new Ryerson group focused on harm reduction says she is searching for answers, after being denied affiliate group status from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU).
Alannah Fricker founded the Ryerson branch of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) in spring 2018. CSSDP is a national organization that works with students to influence harm reduction policies, promote drug safety and facilitate conversation around drug policy education. According to its website there are 18 branches on university campuses across Canada.
The combination of love for soccer and passion to give back inspired a group of Ryerson students to organize a charity soccer match.
The match was held at Regent Park on Wednesday. It featured Ryerson students playing against University of Toronto (U of T) students with all proceeds going to the Sick Kids Foundation. The money was raised through entry fees for fans, playing fees for players, donations, and selling customized Ryerson jerseys.
Adnan Saffie, one of the event organizers, has a personal connection to the Hospital for Sick Children. His experience with Sick Kids was a major factor for his involvement in the charity match.
“I have a younger niece. She’s had to go to two surgeries through SickKids and a couple of my really good friends had to go through Sick Kids,” said Saffie. “When I was younger I had severe asthma, but it early. I had an asthma attack and they took me into Sick Kids and thankfully, they treated me.”
While Saffie’s personal experiences drew him to the event, others playing in the match simply wanted to help out a good cause. In fact, so many students wanted to play that there were tryouts prior to the match.