By Jessica Anstice
Pakenham Consolidated School students raised $1225 for CanTeen as part of National Bandanna Day.
Completely organised by the students, a special fundraiser day was held on Friday for the charity, which support young people who have cancer by providing peer support and counselling.
Grade 6 students Zoran Hibbert and Huia Taito have spent every morning over the past fortnight, selling colourful bandannas to their peers.
“Cancer can cause problems for young people like depression and anxiety as well as financial problems so it’s important that we do all we can to help out,” Zoran said.
“Being a leader and organising this has been good because the younger students have been looking up to us.”
Pakenham Consolidated School teacher Sally Dawson commended Zoran and Huia for their efforts, saying they’ve done a “fantastic job”.
“CanTeen supports young people with cancer so basically money that’s raised goes towards booking flights for people to get treatment, getting resources or craft and journals for young people to occupy their time,” Ms Dawson said.
“The students also love it – the bandannas sell like hotcakes. The cool patterns and colours really entice the students to keep buying more and more.
“We actually sold out this year so next year we’re going to have to buy more boxes so that we can keep up.”