Tweed River High School Year 10 students Katherine Alford (rear left), Riley Hodgson (rear right), and Kelly Rampling.
Tweed River High School Year 10 students Katherine Alford (rear left), Riley Hodgson (rear right), and Kelly Rampling. Photo supplied

Bandanna Day fights cancer

STUDENTS at Tweed River High School banded together to raise more than $350 for teenagers battling cancer last Friday, by donning colourful bandannas.

The National Bandanna Day is a fundraising initiative of Canteen, an organisation which supports young people who are affected by cancer.

The annual event was organised by the Student Representative Council, continuing the school’s fundraising history with the Cancer Council Australia.

Student representative co-ordinator Elaine Cunningham said the efforts this year were particularly important as one of their students had been diagnosed with a form of cancer.

“We have run this event for the past four or five years, and this year has been a very positive result,” Mrs Cunningham said.

This year when a Year 10 Tweed River High student was diagnosed with cancer it came as a huge shock to the students.

Katherine Alford, 15, said she never imagined one of her peers would fall victim to cancer.

“When you’re in Year 10 you feel like you’re untouchable, so this news came completely out of the blue,” said Katherine.

The entire student body has come together to raise additional funds by running a raffle and has plans to organise a barbecue later this year.

The students will continue their goodwill and support next year by getting more sponsors and support from the community.

“Next year we want to make it bigger and better,” said Katherine.



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