On April 11, year 5 students from Discovery College and pre-primary students from Bayview House of Children encouraged students, teachers and parents to design extravagant caps to raise awareness of childhood cancer. The event was widely supported by the Discovery Bay community, and the students raised over HK$26,000, which was donated to St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Foundation in Hong Kong.
St. Baldrick’s aims to improve the lives of children suffering from cancer and their families through physical, psychological and social support. Additionally, funds are raised to sponsor research, drugs and clinical diagnostic services to increase the survival rates of children. St. Baldrick’s relies heavily on volunteers to organise events and raise funds.
Discovery College students also organised a yellow ribbon formation to demonstrate their support for children suffering from cancer. Their formation was captured by a drone and can be viewed here.
Jessica Inkin and Sara Davies, year 9 Discovery College students, helped organize the Caps for a Cure event. Jessica’s brother was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of five in 2013 and received treatment in Hong Kong for two years, which was a very difficult time for her entire family. Jessica’s respect for her brother–who she describes as the strongest boy she knows–inspired her to raise awareness that around 700 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer every day, and one in five do not survive. By helping to organize the Caps for a Cure event, Jessica and Sara wanted to show children suffering from cancer that there is international support for them.Tags: children, cancer, Discovery College, bayview house of children, childhood cancer, caps for a cure, hong kong cancer