Naracoorte South School Students raise money for childhood cancer research

Year seven mental health ambassadors Maggie McLean and Kendra Bilston. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION
Year seven mental health ambassadors Maggie McLean and Kendra Bilston. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION

Naracoorte South Primary students donned their best pirate costumes on Friday, to raise funds for childhood cancer.

The school held a Pirate Day casual clothes day to raise money for the The Kids' Cancer Project, which uses money raised from Pirate Day to fund vital cancer research to look into better treatments and ultimately a cure for the disease.

The Kids Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research.

The event was organised by the schools year seven mental health ambassadors Sophia Cornish, Kendra Bilston, Maggie McLean and Nargis Akbari.

The four students, under the guidance of teacher Jess Edwards, ran the event by themselves, planned the theme, promoting the event to the students and collecting the money on the day.

Maggie said the group wanted to do a fundraising dress up day and Pirate Day presented a perfect opportunity.

"We talked about what fundraiser we should do, and then Miss Edwards told us about this fundraiser for kids brain cancer," she said.

"The theme was for kids to dress up as pirates, so that's how this came to be.

"We wanted to do something that was not necessarily about mental health but something that helped kids."

Students gave a gold coin donation to dress up as a pirate, and the day raised $204 for the cause.

The ambassadors meet every week, and will look into holding some more fundraisers this year, for others causes.