Kotara High School has raised more than $32,500 for the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life since it began supporting the event in 2006.
Throughout the year students sell raffle tickets and collect donations from teachers, but it all leads up to their one big fundraiser: an annual mini Relay For Life. PE teacher Kira Threadgate began the fundraiser in 2009 in memory of her aunt and former Kotara High teacher, Sandra Martin, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer a year earlier. Miss Threadgate hatched the idea for the mini relay on top of fundraising the school was already doing.
This year, newly inducted Relay For Life youth ambassadors Ryan Mahony and Rizina Yadov joined Kotara’s mini Relay celebration. The two Year 9 Warners Bay High and Merewether High students are the first Cancer Council New South Wales ambassadors chosen to represent secondary schools. Ryan and Rizina spoke to the students about Cancer Council and where their donations go.
The 2014 Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life will be held at Glendale’s Hunter Sports Centre on 1-2 November. To register, visit the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie event page.
Pictured: Relay For Life youth ambassadors Ryan Mahony and Rizina Yadov with Kotara High School teacher Kira Threadgate’s year 10 sport studies class.