Glen Dhu Primary goes purple for Relay For Life

11 December 2013

Glen Dhu Primary goes purple for Relay For Life

A Tasmanian primary school is going purple today to support Cancer Council Tasmania’s annual Relay For Life.

Glen Dhu Primary in Launceston supports Cancer Council Tasmania as part of its Student Representative Council fundraising for charities.

Teacher Deb Spangaro said students worked hard to support others in need.

“Many in our school community have friends or family who have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly,” Ms Spangaro said.

“The grade five and six students say they want to show they care about people with cancer, give hope to people with cancer and hopefully help find a cure.

“We have decided to ‘Go Purple’ and students will dress in purples clothes and enjoy a day where we have some fun together as well as raise both awareness and funds for Relay For Life.

“We are also creating a purple coin snake for students to bring as many little coins as families can find.”

Glen Dhu Primary students also listened to Michael Grayling, affectionately known as “Mr Relay” who was diagnosed with cancer 34 years ago and has since walked 19,500 kilometres to raise awareness about cancer.

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan said “Mr Relay”, who has completed 390 Relay For Life events since 1999 was “amazing.”

Mrs Egan urged Tasmanians to get behind next year’s Relay For Life.

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