Warwick Senior students are running in the Relay for Life

Warwick Senior High School students are doing the Relay for Life for a teacher who recently died of cancer. Pictured are Zack Breen (front) and teacher Andrew Neho with (left) Jasmine Wallace, Taylah Kenny and Lewis Crowford. On the right are  April Htun, Raman Saini and Gareth McDonald.
Warwick Senior High School students are doing the Relay for Life for a teacher who recently died of cancer. Pictured are Zack Breen (front) and teacher Andrew Neho with (left) Jasmine Wallace, Taylah Kenny and Lewis Crowford. On the right are April Htun, Raman Saini and Gareth McDonald.

STUDENTS at Warwick Senior High School have joined the fight against cancer and will field two teams at the WA Cancer Council’s Relay for Life Joondalup Wanneroo at Arena Joondalup over the October 17-18 weekend.

Teacher Andrew Neho said student councillors were set the task earlier this year to see how the school could be more involved in the community.

“They chose Relay for Life as a way of helping people suffering cancer,” he said. “Recently the school lost a popular teacher in Mr John O’Malley to cancer; his photo will be shown at the Candlelight Ceremony Tribute at the relay.

“The kids are full of enthusiasm and are looking forward to the relay. We hope the Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life becomes an important date each year on our school calendar. The two teams this year will learn what it is all about and hope to get more involved next year.”

Mr Neho said the students would camp overnight on the grassed arena in tents and were being sponsored by family and friends to take part, although some were also fundraising in other ways, including Zack Breen (12).

“Zack has done some doorknocking with people he knows and his mother has helped with donations from her work colleagues; so far Zack has raised more than $400,” Mr Neho said.

The 24-hour overnight relay event is the Cancer Council’s major fundraiser in the northern suburbs. Funds raised will help with research and support programs.

The Relay for Life organising committee is keen for more teams to take up the relay challenge. For more information phone 0417 922 726 or email relayforlifejoondalupwanneroo@gmail.com