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Gleeson continues to fight against cancer


Gleeson College’s ongoing commitment to raising money to fight cancer was acknowledged at this year’s Relay for Life event.

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In recognition of its ‘vibrant, enthusiastic participation and outstanding fundraising effort’, the college was presented the Youth Award. This year Gleeson raised more than $15,000 for the Cancer Council and it has contributed more than $120,000 since it began its involvement with the relay eight years ago.

Held at the Adelaide Showgrounds over the weekend of February 24/25, the Relay for Life is a way for communities to recognise those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Gleeson had five teams participating in 2018, comprising 75 students, staff and old scholars. College principal Andrew Baker said the numbers involved spoke volumes of the “commitment and servant leadership” that exists within the school community.

“This event has become one of the highlights of our school calendar. Once again, our students shone, were a great credit to themselves and ambassadors for the college,” he said.

Assistant principal Adam Cibich’s long association with the event was acknowledged when the Cancer Council invited him to lead the 2018 Hope ceremony.

“To see so many students united towards a common cause reflects the ability of our young people to be leaders of hope and change,”
Mr Cibich said.

Funds raised ensure Cancer Council SA can continue to invest in vital research and prevention programs, as well as offering practical and emotional support for all people affected by cancer.


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