Love Your Sister fundraiser
Helping children find voice to make a real difference is one of the great joys of my role. Thus it was especially poignant and eventful to see last Friday how Lucy Breden from Year 6 had influenced her peers to dig deep and contribute to the creation of an art installation that is to be hung at the Garvin Institute.
L-R: Photographer Marie Ramos, Lucy Breden Year 6 and Sally Ruston, Head of Junior School.
Lucy Breden, Year 6.
Lucy passionately and optimistically worked with great determination and grit to see more than an entire panel of unique finger-printed ceramic hearts created. Such an act required enormous organisation, follow up and energetic persuasion. The end result being that Lucy was able to raise $4,375 with more than 100 peers and staff participating in this project.
I include below, Lucy's own recount of this journey and her delight in all that was achieved:
“Last Friday, 8 September, Connie Johnson, the co-founder of the Love Your Sister charity, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Connie and her brother Samuel dedicated their time and efforts to raising awareness of Breast Cancer and raising money for Cancer Research. Connie was an amazing woman and had two young sons. She displayed dignity, determination, courage, bravery and remains an inspiration. Just before her passing, Connie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
“It was also on this day last Friday that a group of students and staff at the Junior School contributed to the A Heart As Big As Yours fundraising art project for Love Your Sister. Photographer Marie Ramos, the creator of the hearts artwork, came to Abbotsleigh and together we made 87 ceramic hearts using our individual fingerprints. These hearts will form part of the finished artwork that will contain 2,000 hearts. It will be hung at the Garvan Institute. Connie's heart will be at the centre of the artwork.
“Together we raised $4,375, which will go directly to Love Your Sister for cancer research.
“It was a wonderful experience bringing Love Your Sister to Abbotsleigh. Through promoting the project in presentations in Assembly and Chapel, emails to parents, posters and distributing flyers, I was able to increase awareness of Love Your Sister and gain support for A Heart As Big As Yours.
“Thank you very much to everyone who supported this project. It was a wonderful way to honour Connie's amazing life and show everyone that she will never be forgotten.” – Lucy Breden, 6G
To view a gallery of more images from this special event at Junior School, please click on our Facebook post below.