WESLEY College are now the world’s highest fundraising school for Relay For Life after raising more than $455,000 since they took part in the first event in 2001.
When the school took part in its first year they had 30 participants but on the weekend184 current and past students, teachers and parents took part to raise $41,000 at the Claremont Showgrounds.
The event raises money for the Cancer Council and this year, the school won awards for the highest fundraising school, highest fundraising team, and most laps completed,
This year was extra special for the school, as they rallied behind past primary school student 18-year-old who is currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Chloe’s Speed Team completed an amazing 1073 laps throughout the day and night over the 24 hours – a rate of 53 laps an hour.
School principal David Gee said it was tough for the group as some of the night shifts only had three or four boys keeping the laps going.
“The team was exhausted by midday on Sunday, but they ran the final lap together, spurred on in part by a visit from Chloe on Saturday afternoon,” he said.
Cancer Council WA chief executive Ashley Reid said the school was the epitome of the Relay for Life spirit.
“Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to provide vital support to the 87,000 West Australians living with cancer and fund world-class cancer research that’s unlocking more answers to cancer every day,” he said.
“Wesley should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved over the years, and we look forward to seeing them again next year – hopefully to crack the $500,000 milestone.”