Walking Together to Help Beat Blood Cancer

On Saturday March 17, 110 Senior Learning Community students, parents and staff walked more than 13 kilometres in an ongoing effort to support the World’s Greatest Shave, during the eighth annual Beach-to-Beach fundraising event.

The walk, from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club to Southport Surf Life Saving Club, culminated with members of the community colouring, cutting and shaving their heads to raise funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.

This is the eighth time that the SLC has been involved in this service activity. Organiser Mr Dale Adams believes it is important to be involved because members of the Hillcrest Community have been affected by family and friends being diagnosed with different blood cancers. It was particularly special to see parents walking with their children and that people from the wider community stopped to enquire, raising awareness for the cause.

Some students and staff bravely shaved their heads as a symbol of solidarity with those who suffer with blood cancer.

Amber Arnold, Year 12, has raised more than $2200 so far and shaved her head hoping that, “It will give courage to the women who lose their hair.” Amber was motivated by the passing of her grandfather from a rare blood cancer. She has donated her ponytail for use in a wig.

Blood cancer in the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia and every day another 35 people will be diagnosed. The money raised by the World’s Greatest Shave supports families by providing practical and emotional support and funding vital research.

“I hope that the money I have raised will help families during the tough times of dealing with cancer directly or dealing with family members who are going through cancer treatment. I also hope that the money raised will help with further research into the disease and hopefully one day eradicate the disease for good,” said Cameron Booth, Year 12. He has raised more than $1700 for the cause.

At time of publishing, the Senior Learning Community had raised more than $13,000 in donations through the website and the Beach-to-Beach Walk.

There is still time to donate and show your support for the Hillcrest Team.

Our 2018 Team included the following Hillcrest staff and students:

Amber Arnold
Cameron Booth
Zion Semaan
Miller Costin
Jayme-Lee Wallace
Jack Hawkins
Liam Godfrey
Sam Rowbotham
Tom Burton
Brianna Lynch
Jarrod Rogers
Toby Wagener
Mr Dale Adams
Mr Jacques du Toit