A heartfelt effort

June 02, 2018

Shepparton Christian School students Sienna Winbanks (yr 6), Maddie King (yr 7) and Cleo Randall (yr 6) taking part in raising money for a cause.

Kate Pearce (yr 10), Michaela Moore (yr 7) and Emily Aiton (yr 12) enjoying the morning tea and sunshine.

Rachael Turner (yr 9), Jessica Simpson (yr 10), Ellie Simpson (yr 10), May Tee and Cindy Chan volunteering their time to serve food for the morning tea.

Shepparton Christian School has held a morning tea in support of the Cancer Council.

The Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event held at the school on Thursday saw students, staff and parents gather to raise awareness for a cause that is close to the hearts of those at the school.

Year 12 student Emily Aiton, who is the daughter of school principal Chris Aiton, said she was diagnosed with thymoma cancer last year.

Ms Aiton said it was very sudden and a major shock for her and the school community.

‘‘I spent large amounts of time in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in the oncology ward,’’ she said.

The cancer was yet to spread when she was diagnosed, which meant she did not have to undergo chemotherapy and radiation after the removal of the cancer.

‘‘But during that time I did see a lot of children my age who were battling cancer and going through chemo and radiation. It was quite eye opening to see what they have to go through at such a young age,’’ Ms Aiton said.

She said after coming through the other side, she was very passionate about raising awareness for cancer.

She said her suggestion for the school to host the fundraising event was supported 100 per cent.

She said the food was prepared and donated by parents and served by volunteers from the community and students.

Ms Aiton said she felt good about being able to play a part in helping to raise money for children like those she came across in hospital.

She said she was extremely blessed by the prayers and support from the tight-knit school community throughout her cancer journey.

She said she now approached every day with a more positive outlook and made the most of everything she had.

 - Laura Briggs

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