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University of Ottawa and Carleton University students spent the night dancing for children who can’t.

On March 21, in association with the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and the Carleton University Students’ Assocation (CUSA), the Ottawa Dance Marathon raised money to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The event seeks to raise awareness and funds for research focused on fighting childhood diseases.

After raising a minimum of $50, students danced for eight hours at Shopify, The Liquor Store, and Green Room. Dancers were also eligible to win prizes, such as a pair of round-trip tickets from WestJet, Ottawa Senators box tickets, and restaurant and hotel gift certificates.

University dance marathons began in the United States in 1991 and have grown across North America, raising more than $62 million for the Children’s Miracle Network, which is committed to supporting local kids. This was the first time the event was held in Ottawa for CHEO. It raised $32,469.


  • Spring 2022: Desiree Nikfardjam Fall 2021: Zofka Svec 2020-2021: Aisling Murphy 2019-2020: Ryan Pepper 2018-2019: Iain Sellers 2017-2018: Ryan Pepper