College raises $20,000 to fight cancer

Students from St John Bosco College Engadine have raised more than $20,000 in support of the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, exceeding their $2,000 fundraising goal 10 times over.

One hundred and thirty-one students participated in the annual Shire community event on Saturday 4 May, competing as a team to complete a 12-hour relay at Don Lucas Reserve Cronulla.

Students began their relay with a lap of the track as a whole team, then took turns walking the track continuously from 8am to 8pm to signify that cancer never rests, and that the community will never stop seeking a cure.

Year 12 student and Community Service Leader Liam Heinz said the event was an emotional experience for himself and many other students.

The total amount raised by St John Bosco College is currently sitting at a staggering $20,437 and rising

– Simone Babic

“It was heartbreaking to hear the stories of survivors and see the photos of those who have passed away,” he said.

“The candle ceremony was the only time during the day that no one was walking the track and were instead gathering to remember and mourn those who have been taken by this devastating disease.”

“It was inspiring to see people coming together from all walks of life to raise money and awareness for cancer.”

The Sutherland Shire Relay for Life has raised awareness and over $5 million for cancer research, prevention and support programs over the past 17 years, and raised $480,000 in 2019.

St John Bosco has been involved for over a decade, and college team leader and Pastoral Care Coordinator Mrs Simone Babic said the cause is an important one for many students.

“The event has become increasingly popular with our students, with the most students ever entered this year along with the most money raised.”

“The total amount raised by St John Bosco College is currently sitting at a staggering $20,437 and rising.”

Fundraising totals mentioned in this article were correct were correct at the time of publication. Check current totals or donate to the college’s Relay for Life appeal here.

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