NORTH Coast schools were overrun by pirates this month as students dressed up to raise funds for cancer research.
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (PMACS) and Yanchep Beach Primary School (YBPS) were among the schools participating in Pirate Day Friday on June 10.
Almost 600 primary students took part in the Mindarie school’s event, raising $907.20 for the initiative supporting Telethon Adventurers and The Kids Cancer Project.
It was inspired by nine-year-old Joondalup resident Conor Colgan, whose father Nathan began the fundraiser at Francis Jordan Catholic School in 2014 after his son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Treatment has left him with paralysis to half his face and blindness in his right eye, which is why children wear eye patches on Pirate Day Friday.
PMACS primary associate principal Roderick Wood said students, staff and parents had embraced the charity event.
“As well as dressing up as pirates the students had lots of fun decorating eye patches, digging for treasure in the sandpit and having three-legged races,” he said.
A number of families at the school have been affected by cancer and principal Julian Dowse said he was pleased by the generosity shown.
“The participation of students in a charity day is an important reminder for our students of what charity means within our community and why practising charity is an important aspect of our School’s Anglican tradition,” he said.
YBPS teacher Cathy Ricciardone said the school raised $508.50 in its event run by the student leadership team.
“It is a day about dressing up, having fun and raising awareness for children’s cancer,” she said.