Unity College students raise money for diabetes, breast cancer programs

HELPING HANDS: Unity College Murraylands students Nikki and Georgia cleaned cars and cooked a barbecue to raise money for diabetes and breast cancer programs. Photo: Dani Brown.
HELPING HANDS: Unity College Murraylands students Nikki and Georgia cleaned cars and cooked a barbecue to raise money for diabetes and breast cancer programs. Photo: Dani Brown.

Two Unity College Murraylands students spent their Friday morning raising awareness of breast cancer and diabetes in Aboriginal people by washing cars and cooking a barbecue.

Georgia and Nikki, who are in year nine, put their cooking and cleaning skills to the test from 8am to 11am on Friday, September 11 at the Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation site in Murray Bridge.

The fundraiser is part of their Passion Project, which all year nine students at Unity College Murraylands are completing.

Nikki cleaned the outside and inside of cars, while Georgia cooked sausages, patties and steaks.

Nikki said all the money they collected would be donated to breast cancer and diabetes awareness programs.

"Diabetes runs in my family, and some people are probably embarrassed to say they have it," she said.

"It's very high rates in Aboriginal people too."

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the latest data shows Indigenous Australians were about four times as likely to have type 2 diabetes prevalence, hospitalisation and death rates as non-Indigenous Australians.

Georgia said breast cancer was prevalent in her family as well, which was why she wanted to help the cause.

The morning was deemed a success, with hundreds of dollars set to go towards both causes.

The girls, along with their classmates, will make presentations about their efforts at Unity College Murraylands' year nine graduation in term four this year.

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