65 Roses Day to bloom at Pearsall Primary School

Pearsall PS student Stephen Posselt will sell roses for cystic fibrosis. Picture: Bruce Hunt d492980
Pearsall PS student Stephen Posselt will sell roses for cystic fibrosis. Picture: Bruce Hunt d492980

ROSES will bring a bloom of colour to Pearsall Primary School this week for national cystic fibrosis awareness month.

This Friday is 65 Roses Day, during which Cystic Fibrosis WA aims to paint Perth red with the sale of roses to raise vital funds.

Each year Pearsall PS marks 65 Roses Day in support of nine-year-old student Stephen Posselt, of Hocking.

However, this will be the first year the school is fundraising for CFWA, with deputy principal Mandy Froude bringing in about 100 roses to sell.

The school community will also wear red on 65 Roses Day and each class will walk several laps around the oval, adding up to a total of 65 laps.

CFWA is encouraging other West Australians to get involved by ordering roses to sell from cfwa.org.au.

Options include single roses in a mix of colours for $5, posies or bouquets, or buckets of roses to sell in schools or workplaces.

Stephen Posselt and his sister Tahlia. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Every year in Australia, 100 babies are born with cystic fibrosis but 1 in 25 Australians carry the recessive CF gene.

“What many people do not realise about CF is how utterly relentless, time consuming, painful and exhausting this disease is, and that surrounding yourself with other people with CF for support isn’t even possible due to cross-infection,” CFWA chief executive Nigel Barker said.

CF affects every organ in the body but primarily causes a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs.

This can become infected leading to permanent damage and in some cases, the need for a lung transplant.
The median age of people living with CF in Australia is just 31.6 years, compared to the general population of 81.65 years.