Local students raise funds for a cancer-free GC

Palm Beach Currumbin State High students celebrate after raising $5,000 for Cancer Council Queensland, with funds to go toward cancer research.

Palm Beach Currumbin State High donated $5,000 to Cancer Council Queensland last week, in a community effort to make the Gold Coast cancer-free.

PBC have supported Cancer Council Queensland’s annual Daffodil Day Appeal campaign, which is held in August, for the past three years with fundraising efforts to date reaching over $10,000.

Year twelve student, Erin Woods, who was pivotal in organising the campaign for her school, said statistics about cancer in Australia had shocked her.

“Australia’s cancer statistics continue to shock the nation with almost 50,000 deaths estimated last year alone,” Miss Woods said.

“It’s a disease that doesn’t rest, and for that reason, neither should we as a community,” she said.

“Daffodil Day is crucial to supporting cancer research and raising awareness for a disease that has touched the lives of so many, including our very own school community.”

CEO of Cancer Council Queensland Chris McMillan said community fundraising is important for cancer research.

“Funds that people raise helps us promote our services and fund research and prevention messaging,” Ms McMillan said.

“The Daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all those affected by cancer,” she said.

“But in addition to this, it is making sure that people on the Gold Coast are taking action to reduce their cancer risk [as] one third of all cancers are preventable.

“Community support is instrumental to the Daffodil Day Appeal and Cancer Council Queensland is grateful for the support from local businesses and communities.

“Efforts from locals like PBC truly helps Cancer Council Queensland’s vision for a cancer-free future for Queenslanders.”

Cancer Council Queensland representative, Rhys Reynolds [Left], and year twelve student Erin Woods, holding the $5000 cheque which will go to cancer research. Photo courtesy: Cancer Council Queensland.

Deputy Principal for PBC Mitch Kennedy said the school’s fundraising efforts had been a good opportunity for the community to come together.

“Our community has had to show resilience this year in what has been one of adversity,” Mr Kennedy said.

Mr Kennedy said Erin Woods had plans to fundraise for Cancer Council Queensland since she was in year nine.

“Through her ingenuity, networking and passion she has led our school community to raise over $10000 over the past few years, with this year’s donation being our largest effort yet,” he said.

“We’ve always been proud of our strong student voice and thirst to help others.

“This year, perhaps more than most, our students have identified the importance of community connectedness.”

To learn more or help support Cancer Council Queensland, head to cancerqld.org.au.

Header image: Palm Beach Currumbin High students and Susie Longman, Courtesy Cancer Council Queensland.

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