Burpengary State Secondary College’s raised over $17,000 for Cancer Council Queensland’s research, prevention and support services this year – and they did it their way!
Dr Amber-Lee Donahoo, a Psychology and Science teacher at BSSC, organised the Do It For Cancer fundraising charge after her mother passed away from bowel cancer.
“Cancer is a destructive force that impacts not only the person diagnosed but also their family and friends,” Dr Donahoo said.
Determined to help other families impacted by cancer, Dr Donahoo described raising awareness and funds as an “important part of the emotional healing process.”
An 18-week fundraising campaign created a lot hype around the school, with free dress days, a disco, a water bucket challenge and a fun run among the activities that were organised.
As momentum from these fundraising activities built, there were two memorable school assemblies where nine staff members and 28 students from years seven to 12 lost their hair, either through a head shave, ponytail chop or leg wax.
“It was an odd feeling to have no hair, however, it was also incredibly rewarding to see the smiles on student and staff faces afterwards and know that it really made an impact,” Dr Donahoo said.
Smashing fundraising goals and bringing the college community closer together, Dr Donahoo described the experience as a celebration of courage.
Interested in hosting your own Do It For Cancer event?
You can come up with your own fundraising idea or feel free to choose one of our suggestions. You can do practically anything you like!
Some people decide to shave their heads, some challenge themselves to an ocean swim and some host birthday fundraisers to raise vital funds and awareness.
To register your fundraising event, or find out more about our Do It For Cancer campaign click here. You can also call Cancer Council Queensland’s friendly fundraising team on 1300 65 65 85.