READY TO RELAY:
Horsham Primary School grade six students, from left, Aaqib Khan, Brodie Tepper, Billie Wills-mellington, Sienna Walsgott and Cameron Schulz will participate in Horsham and District Relay for Life on Friday. Billie is the 700th student to register for the school’s Relay for Life team since 2003.
Horsham Primary School has signed up its 700th student to participate in Horsham and District Relay for Life since becoming involved in 2003.
The 18-hour community event recognises and celebrates cancer survivors, patients and carers, while honouring and remembering loved ones lost to cancer.
Teacher and school Relay for Life co-ordinator Simon Vivian said this year’s crop of grade six students was eagerly awaiting Friday night’s festivities.
“We’re lucky really, because we get a new batch of kids each year who are enthusiastic about the event and are keen to help raise some money for an important cause,” he said.
“Some teams have the same people participating year after year, which is a harder slog to stay motivated and come up with different fundraising ideas.”
Since 2003, Horsham Primary School has raised $91,790 towards Cancer Council research, prevention projects, information and support.
“We’re getting up there and we’re looking forward to hitting the $100,000 mark,” Mr Vivian said.
“The $91,000 doesn’t include this year’s contribution. I’m hoping we’ll get up to about $97,000 this year and raise the rest next year.”
Mr Vivian said the school stuck to a simple fundraising formula.
“We have five-cent Fridays, where we encourage people to bring in their loose change, particularly five-cent pieces,” he said.
“It’s an easy way to raise some money and usually helps us collect a couple of thousand dollars throughout the year.
“We also have a purple dress-up day to coincide with the Paint the Town Purple campaign and the kids also get sponsors to make donations.
“We also have about half a dozen local businesses make donations each year.”
Mr Vivian said the students enjoyed raising money for a good cause.
“We often pooh-pooh young people these days and say they don’t contribute much, but it’s hard to know what you can do to help out when you’re 12,” he said.
“Relay for Life gives them a meaningful way to be actively involved in something that benefits the community. They enjoy the whole event – the activities, the atmosphere, wearing their special shirts and the camaraderie.
“Relay for Life is all about the community coming together and the kids love being a part of it. They just enjoy being involved.”
READY TO RELAY: Brodie Tepper, Sienna Walsgott, Billie Wills-mellington, Aaqib Khan and Cameron Schulz are part of a Horsham Primary School Relay For Life team.