A GROUP of Brighton students who created a wristband campaign to raise money for their sick school friend are thrilled by the generous response.
Friends of year 12 Brighton Grammar School student Connor Dawes were devastated when the 18-year-old was diagnosed with cancer late last year. He had surgery to remove a brain tumour in December.
As Connor made a gradual return to school this term, his mates launched a campaign to raise funds for his medical expenses by selling T-shirts and wristbands displaying the slogan RCD – Aeternum Fortis – Brighton Grammar, meaning “forever strong” in Latin, a subject Connor studies – RCD stands for Robert Connor Dawes.
On the first day the campaign was posted on the school’s Facebook site two weeks ago, more than 2600 people had ‘liked’ the post and more than 60 people had left comments of support.
In its first week, the campaign raised $2000 and the group expects funds to continue flowing in as 2000 more bands are for sale.
Student council chairman Jackson Bilu, 17, a friend of Connor, said
the response had been overwhelming.
“We were very surprised and very grateful,” he said. “When we saw the responses on the Facebook post we were overwhelmed by the generosity of people who didn’t even know Connor personally yet really wanted to support the campaign.”
The money will be used to assist Connor with his treatment and therapies. But more than that, Jackson said, was the emotional boost that support for the campaign had given Connor and his family.
“To know the entire community is behind him has been huge and Connor continues to be amazed at just how generous people are with their time and money,” Jackson said.
Connor’s mother, Liz Dawes, said she was heartened by the campaign.
“This whole experience just reminds you how good and kind people are,” she said.
“Connor’s friends are so happy to have him back. They have been unbelievably good to him.”
Wristbands are available from Brighton Grammar School, 278 New Street, Brighton. To make a donation, call Natalie van Wetering in the school’s development office on 8591 2270.
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