Wanganui Park Secondary College students raise funds for breast cancer patients

By Ashlea Witoslawski

As an act of kindness and community spirit, six Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 9 students has committed to raising funds for breast cancer patients.

Jaden Rodgers, Lara Beaton, Taylor Baldi and Vicky Burn were inspired to support the cause after learning the story of Shepparton breast cancer survivor Kylie Jones.

Not only is Ms Jones a Goulburn Valley advocate for breast cancer patients, she is also the mother of their classmates and friends Kieran and Tyler Jones.

Determined to help the community, Lara and Vicky were put in touch with Goulburn Valley Health breast cancer nurse Melissa Gilmour, who was delighted to have the students raise funds to support local breast cancer patients.

After a tick of approval from their principal Ken Murray, the students started organising a number of different fundraising events.

The students hosted an out-of-school uniform day, a morning tea for the teachers and a relaxed afternoon event at Lara’s house.

Lara and Vicky also cut and donated their hair to use in wigs for cancer patients.

After a couple of months of fundraising efforts, the students raised $1600.50.

Ms Gilmour met the students at the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre yesterday to thank them for their efforts.

‘‘They’ve done an amazing job and by keeping it local it will help fund and care for people through their breast cancer journey,’’ she said.

Ms Gilmour said the funds could help support people in a number of ways, including alleviating the cost of travel or scans.

Mr Murray was proud of his students.

‘‘It’s great to see these young guys have seen a need and done this independently,’’ he said.