Students raise awareness for Cancer

Key Points

  • The SLA and Prefects hosted a Cancer Awareness event for our school to raise awareness about the impact of living with cancer.
  • On the day, the SLA hosted The World’s Greatest Shave where we had 12 students and 2 teachers shave/cut their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation. Thank you to Hair Management Co. Gymea for volunteering their time to support this event.
  • The SLA held a bake sale at recess in support of The Biggest Morning Tea for The Cancer Council Australia 
  • The Prefects hosted a healthy food BBQ and games on the quad, and Year 11 Hospitality held a smoothie stall where all proceeds were donated to The Cancer Council.

This Cancer Awareness event was inspired by those in our school community who have been affected by cancer. Our school ran a Cancer Awareness Pastoral Care lesson prior to this event, where students in 7-10 discussed the impact of living with cancer, as well as the importance of organisations such as The Cancer Council Australia and The Leukeamia Foundation in offering support to those in need.

The SLA brought the school together to watch students and teachers shave or cut their hair for cancer. Each one of our shavers raised money for this event, with some students raising as much as $2000. With the money raised from our shavers, as well as the funds raised from our Pyjama Day back in Term 2, our school has exceeded its goal by raising over $8000 for The Leukeamia Foundation. Well done and thank you to our entire school community for supporting this incredibly worthwhile cause.

All of the hair collected on the day has been donated by our volunteer hairdressers, Hair Management Co. Gymea. They are a sustainable salon and partners of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, so the hair collected will either make wigs or be used as part of the Hair Boom Project. 

The Hair Boom Project uses hair clippings too short to make wigs. The hair is collected and placed into stockings which will be used to absorb up to 4L of oil in a spill on land or at sea.  Thank you to our volunteers, shavers, SLA, and all those who donated. 

Bake sales are always a huge success at GTHS, and this event was no exception. The SLA spent their recess selling blue and yellow coloured cakes to the school, with everything being sold within 20 minutes. Thank you to all of those students who baked and brought in cakes as we had a huge number of students from 7-12 volunteering to help. 

Well done to the Prefects for coming together to host a healthy food BBQ in support of the day. They sold lunch packs of lean meat chicken kebabs on pita bread and a drink to raise money for The Cancer Council. They also hosted games and activities on the quad at lunch. Well done also to Year 11 Hospitality on their delicious healthy smoothies which they also sold to raise money for this cause.

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