SANTA Maria College students will go the extra mile to honour the memory of their old schoolmate in the HBF Run for a Reason.
Laura Gray passed away in 2011 due to Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition where the pancreas does not produce insulin.
The loss rippled through the school, with students vowing to dedicate their time and fundraising efforts to help to find a cure for people who experienced the same condition.
Since 2012, they have raised $42,000 for Diabetes WA and this year their aim is to raise $8000 to bring their total to $50,000.
“Her death had a very profound impact on all of us,” Santa Maria Head of Boarding Linda Bulloch said.
“The girls who were Laura’s peers wanted something very positive to come out of it.
“The girls truly believe they are contributing to a worthy cause and they are helping to make things better for those with diabetes.”
Students will also host a high tea fundraiser in partnership with Laura’s family, as well as a cake stall and a film night at the college.
Diabetes WA community relations co-ordinator Jarnia Davies said the school was among their primary fundraisers.
“Their efforts are sincerely appreciated and all that they raise goes to supporting people with diabetes in WA.”
More than 11,200 West Australians live with Type 1 diabetes and there is currently no cure.