Advocacy at All Hallows


Br. Jim Hamilton

The entire group of participants in the front of the school, including Joshua’s family members in the center of the photo

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The entire group of participants in the front of the school, including Joshua’s family members in the center of the photo

On Saturday, October 13, over one hundred current All Hallows students and twenty recent graduates gathered to honor the memory of Joshua Baluyut, All Hallows class of 2017, who died from liver failure on Oct. 12, 2017.

LEFT: Joshua’s parents and several of his colleagues from the class of 2017. | RIGHT: All Hallows students participating in the gaming tournament.

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LEFT: Joshua’s parents and several of his colleagues from the class of 2017. | RIGHT: All Hallows students participating in the gaming tournament.

The group was joined by Joshua’s mother and father as well as fifteen relatives, all of whom came together to honor Joshua and remember his legacy. It was Joshua’s parents’ wish that a memorial service be held and that a small fundraiser be held in Joshua’s memory.

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Because Joshua was very involved in the “Gamer’s Club” and the Blessed Edmund Rice Society, it was decided that we would have a gaming tournament and 5K walk in his honor, with the proceeds of the event supplementing the All Hallows Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Christmas Toy Drive.

During his time at All Hallows, Joshua was very instrumental in organizing the food drive and toy drive and so it was only appropriate that his spirit would continue with these various events. The day began with a very emotional memorial prayer service in Joshua’s honor followed by the gaming tournament and the 5K walk around Joyce Kilmer Park for the rest of the participants.

$1,200 was raised in Joshua’s memory by the spirited group and that money has been used for the food and toy drives.

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This year, All Hallows held its Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. On a rainy and damp day, 130 students, family members and faculty members walked a 5K around the adjacent Joyce Kilmer Park to raise funds and bring awareness about breast cancer.

Several students' mothers and other relatives, some of whom are survivors, gave testimony about the severity of this disease. Some local residents asked why an all boys Catholic high school was raising funds to battle breast cancer.

The young man eagerly answered that they were doing their part to support all those who suffer from breast cancer. The event raised $800.00 for breast cancer awareness.

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