Col­lege’s Cathy con­trib­utes to can­cer cause

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

ECHUCA Col­lege stu­dents were cel­e­brat­ing on Novem­ber 13, but for li­brar­ian Cathy Hall it was D-day.

The clock had struck 12.45pm and the time had come to lose her hair for a good cause – sup­port­ing the Aus­tralian Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion.

She, fel­low staff mem­bers and stu­dents had spent the past month rais­ing money to sup­port the work of ACRF, and ul­ti­mately, Cathy’s head shave event. Cathy is one of the lucky ones in her fam­ily, as many of her rel­a­tives pos­sess the BRCA gene mu­ta­tion – mak­ing them more sus­cep­ti­ble to getting can­cer.

Peo­ple with the BRCA 2 gene are five times more likely to be di­ag­nosed.

At the start of her fundrais­ing, Cathy didn’t want to set a goal, but was co­erced into a rea­son­able tar­get of $750.

She and the school shot well past that with a to­tal of $4255 do­nated for can­cer re­search.

The ACRF is a non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that funds equip­ment for can­cer re­search in Aus­tralia.

THE TEAM: Emily Bon­gio­vanni, Cather­ine Elms, Vic­to­ria Bon­sey, An­hony Broek­man, Colleen Broek­man and, front, Cathy Hall.

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