Staff and students from Toolooa State High School have shown Gladstone what school spirit is all about! The inaugural “Lunch on the Lawn” event saw the entire school community gathered to enjoy an extended lunch break to support Cancer awareness.
All funds raised from food sales, gold coin donations for wearing pink, and sweeps drawn for the ‘Toolooa Bolt’ have been donated to support the Oncology Departments of both the Gladstone Base and Gladstone Mater Hospitals.
Toolooa State High School Principal, Mr Justin Harrison said the event was the result of the student executive deciding to put the fundraising efforts into supporting one cause, this being Cancer. He said the students felt compelled to help the worthy cause after one of Toolooa State High’s teachers Mr Darren Boase’s wife Kelly was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year. Mr Harrison said he was extremely proud of the entire school community who pulled the event together. “We have had three events, Valentine’s Day, State of Origin Day and the final event Lunch on the Lawn where it all comes together. It is important for the whole school. It is the Toolooa community coming together and working together.”
School Captains Salvador Zuniga and Amy Crook, described the Lunch of the Lawn event as the biggest fundraiser of the year. They said the entire leadership team had collaborated to make this possible. “We feel very proud of the Toolooa community,” Amy said.
School teacher, Darren Boase, whose wife Kelly’s battle with Breast Cancer inspired the students to organise the event said that he was extremely grateful for the support their family had received from the students and teachers at the school. “My wife was diagnosed last year. Straight away the students wanted to do something as a school to support us,” he said. “This event is a fantastic effort. It is a great example of Toolooa High coming together to support the community. It means so much to our family. When you have had over 1000 people support you along that journey; you really couldn’t do it without that support. You can’t buy that stuff. It does pump your tyres up a bit!”
The hour-long celebration concluded with the running of the Toolooa Bolt! A 100m sprint race to determine the fastest runner in the school. The cheering was loud and proud! Just like the school spirit.