HAMPTON Senior High School students raised more than $1000 to raise awareness about autism as part of its annual R U OK? Day festivities last week.
A total of $1126 was raised from free dress day donations, a sausage sizzle, cupcakes and a lapathon, with $801 going to the Autism Association of WA and $325 to the Cancer Council of WA.
The event also featured health agencies that gave information and advice to students.
School psychologist Karen Johnson said the theme of the event was ‘Just Keep Swimming’, which was inspired by Finding Nemo character Dory.
“There has been a particular need and autism has been close to the heart of our student councillors,” she said.
“We are a fully mainstream campus but we have a number of students with different disabilities who come here and that we cater for.”
Year 8 student councillor Maryam Pibbas said students should open up about their feelings rather than just saying they were ok.