Posted on 20 November 2015
Students whose families have been touched by cancer are not only aware of the suffering but also the arduous journeys to and from the city for treatment. For this reason the Social Justice Committee of Ormiston College, led by Prefects India Hedger and Michaela Mulder, set a goal at the beginning of the year to raise $8,000 for the purchase of a Chemotherapy Infusion Chair, for the new Oncology Unit to be started at Redlands Mater Hospital.
The entire Middle School and Senior School student community supported the project, donating money raised from several different fund raisers. Individual students selflessly donated, many continuously gave their change at the College tuckshop.
The Social Justice Committee was overwhelmed by the money raised at the regular bake sales and lunchtime stalls. Eleven Year 12 girls donated their long hair to be made into wigs for cancer sufferers, raising over $7,000 using the Everyday Hero online fundraising website. The Ormiston College Rugby boys donated the funds they raised at their annual Pink Day fundraiser and the Ormiston College Community Committee donated their funds to the project.
The students were proudly able to hand over $18,000 to the Mater Foundation, far more than their original goal. The amount is enough for the purchase of two Chemotherapy Infusion Chairs plus money over to spend on magazine subscriptions or iPads for those who need to sit for long hours in the chairs.