Angela Hormiz and Gabby Botica got the national attention of Rick Mercer for being some of the top fundraisers in the country for his Spread the Net Student Challenge.

Angela and Gabby decided to raise money for malaria as part of their grade 12 final religion project at Holy Names Catholic High School in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. The girls raised $2,500 to buy hundreds of mosquito nets to ward off malaria in African communities.

“I didn’t know what malaria was, I didn’t even know who Rick Mercer was,” said Angela Hormiz, student at Holy Names Catholic High School. “We’re very excited — I was just trying to process it all because it’s a huge deal for our school.”

Mercer started the Spread the Net Student Challenge in 2006 and the top fundraising elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools get a visit from Mercer and appear on an episode of the Rick Mercer Report. Angela and Gabby are an example to all of us for their hard work and passion.

Tune in to CBC’s Rick Mercer Report on April 3 to see Angela and Gabby’s faith in action. Help us spread the word and share this story today.