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Cancer fight goes by the book as Oakhill College students write a book in one day

Posted by Gabby Russo on 27 August 2021

Oakhill College had 2 teams participating in the Write a Book in a day competition. Pupils were given the brief and within 10 hours they had to write, illustrate, and submit a storybook targeted to a youth audience.

This event gives students the opportunity to develop skills that will set them up for life such as teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.

There's also the two-pronged philanthropic aspect of the competition that builds empathy skills. Completed stories are provided in an online library to kids in hospital, plus students sought sponsorship for their efforts to fund vital medical research to help children with cancer," One student, Ryan Day, Year 8  raised $1950 for the Kids Cancer Project.

The completed books are now uploaded to our library webpage https://library.oakhill.nsw.edu.au/

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Cancer fight goes by the book as Oakhill College students write a book in one day

Year 8 Oakhill College student, Ryan Day is currently the third highest fundraiser in Australia for Write a Book in a Day having raised $1950. On August 16 ,16 students from Oakhill College, Castle Hill participated in Write a Book in a Day for children's cancer research.

This is, an annual inter school competition promoting literacy, collaboration and creativity, administered by independent national charity, The Kids' Cancer Project.

This year, Oakhill College entered 2 teams in the competition. Pupils were be given a brief and within 9 hours they wrote, illustrated, and submitted a storybook targeted to a youth audience. Completed books will be uploaded to an online library to give access to children undergoing treatment in hospitals across the country.

Lynn Revai, the Academic Head of Library explains, "This is event gives our students the opportunity to develop skills that will set them up for life such as teamwork, problem-solving and leadership"

"There's also the two-pronged philanthropic aspect of the competition that builds empathy skills. Completed stories are provided in an online library to kids in hospital, plus students sought sponsorship for their efforts to fund vital medical research to help children with cancer," said Mrs Revai.

In 2020, more than 7600 writers and illustrators in 1000 separate teams participated in Write a Book in a Day, raising over $530,000 for vital scientific research through The Kids' Cancer Project.

With more children dying of cancer in Australia than any other disease, Col Reynolds, Founder of The Kids' Cancer Project is eager for the community to get behind what he views as a major health concern.

"On average every year in Australia 156 children die of cancer. That's about five classrooms of children, or almost three whole bus loads," he said. "If there was a stretch of road that consistently had that many fatalities the whole country would be up in arms, we need to have that same level of concern directed to kids' cancer."

"It warms my heart to see kids helping kids. That's why I'm so proud of the way students, through Write a Book in a Day, are helping to change these statistics and I know their sponsors will give generously to encourage their creative and philanthropic endeavours," said Mr Reynolds.

 

Author:Gabby Russo
About: Marketing & Community Liaison Coordinator - Oakhill College
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