Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by St Peter's College0
Junior School raises awareness and valuable money for bowel cancer.
Throughout Term 2, the St Peter’s College Junior School partnered with the Jodi Lee Foundation to raise funds and awareness of bowel cancer. In doing so, they took part in a half marathon – that is, running 1 km every day for 17 days, with a 4.1 km run to complete the distance (the half marathon is exactly 21.1km).
Consequently, boys from Reception to Year 7 helped raise over $20,000 for the Jodi Lee Foundation and in doing so, learned the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles and ‘paying it forward’; key components of the School’s Wellbeing & Positive Education and Service Learning Programs.
The Foundation is close to the School’s heart. Nick’s father Christopher Lee is a Saints old scholar and Nick and Jodi’s son Jack is currently in Year 7. Each year Jack’s father Nick runs in the New York Marathon to increase cancer awareness.
“It is vital our boys learn the importance of giving back and participating in the community as part of their personal growth. Raising funds for such an important charity, especially one that has affected a fellow student, gives them a sense of understanding that they can make a difference.” states Mr David Hine, Head of the Junior School at St Peter’s College in Adelaide.
The Jodi Lee Foundation’s mission is to prevent bowel cancer by motivating people to take regular home screening tests, act quickly on symptoms and lead healthy and active lifestyles.
Bowel cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in Australia, but it can be prevented. It mainly affects people over the age of 50. However, around 1,000 people under age 50 are diagnosed each year, which is why the Jodi Lee Foundation encourages everyone to be aware of bowel cancer, and to speak to their GP if they are considering screening before the age of 50.
St Peter’s College urges the local community to join in our support of the Jodi Lee Foundation by donating online at www.jodileefoundation.org.au.
Main Picture: Nick and Jack Lee prior to the final leg of the marathon.