Students step up for Syrians on the run


Syrian refugees will again benefit from a Bunbury student-led fundraiser, which has returned for a second year.

Run For Their Lives, held at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School last June, was the brainchild of Year 12 student Samantha Goerling.

With help from students of other South West schools, the event raised about $12,000 to be donated to Syrian refugees via World Vision.

While Miss Goerling has since graduated, she approached the school about the prospect of another similar event, which will take place at the school's Palmer Oval next Sunday, June 21.

"This is a community event for young people concerned about world issues," said Grammar teacher Belinda Walker, who is also a representative of the Round Square international network of schools.

Mrs Walker was inspired to be involved after meeting Syrian refugees on a trip to Jordan last year through the Round Square program.

This year's event is led by a committee of 12 Grammar students, including Year 10 student Amber Anderson, who will cook on the day.

Amber said her boarding room-mate told her about the event, which led to her wanting to be involved.

Participants can complete a 3km or 6km run or walk, with food and drinks available to purchase.

Bunbury band Three Steps North will perform after the event, which starts at 9.30am.

To register or donate online, visit

"This is a community event for young people concerned about world issues" - Belinda Walker

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