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New Plymouth students pitch in for cancer charity

Posted on 9 October 2015
New Plymouth students pitch in for cancer charity

Students from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth have raised over 18 thousand dollars for a charity which gives hope to children suffering from cancer.

Starlit Hope was started in 2014 by 13 year old Gabby Devine who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and sadly passed away in May this year.

Gabby started the charity to help cheer up sick children in oncology wards at Starship and Taranaki Base Hospital by giving presents to them and their parents.

Gabby has inspired many New Zealanders through carrying out more than 1000 random acts of kindness when she was in hospital and her charity has grown to reach out to sick children across the country.

Student leaders at Francis Douglas Memorial College nominated Starlit Hope as their charity this year and have held fundraising dinners, raffles and auctions to support the worthy cause.

Senior students presented a cheque for $18,023.10 to Gabby Devine's parents, Sarah and Roland at a school assembly in late September.

School Captain Louis Poole said he was proud by the fundraising efforts of the all boys Lasallian school.

"It was so amazing to see the generosity of the students and how Gabby's work inspired them to perform random acts of kindness for others", Louis said.

"It is always a good feeling when you know that by putting in a bit of work for others, you can dramatically improve their situation and bring them happiness".

More information on Starlit Hope and its fundraising projects is available on its website- http://starlithope.org.nz/get-involved/

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