Pupils in concert for cancer cause

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Roncalli College pupils (from left) Olivia Gourdie (16), Georgie Carnegie (16), Thomas Kissell (15), Emma Batchelor (15) and Olivia-Rose Holgate (15) practise for the school's upcoming Concert For Canteen PHOTO: RACHAEL COMER

A group of Roncalli College pupils is banding together for charity.
The school will present Concert For Canteen a musical gig to raise money for the national organisation that supports young cancer patients and their families.
The inspiration for the event comes from a year 12 pupil at the college who has been battling a rare form of adolescent cancer for the past year.
School head of music Robyn Brien said similar concerts had been held successfully at Christchurch schools and Roncalli pupils had decided to do their own fundraising concert.
“The young lad hasn’t been at school at all this year and he has been the inspiration for the concert,” Mrs Brien said.
“We have been thinking of the boy and in terms of his family, who have gone through a very difficult time.”
Other school and community members had been supportive, Mrs Brien said.
“We have got sponsorship for each item which is great and there are 17 acts at this stage.”
Items on the set list include instrumental solos and duets, vocal solos and a performance by the college choir.
Each pupil had had a part to play in the concert including performance, organising sponsorship, marketing and the light and sound at the gig.
“We have all had our part to play in it,” pupil Emma Batchelor said.
“It’s using what we are good at to benefit other people our own age. It’s a sad thing in our community that we have people with cancer.”
The pupils hoped as many people as possible would attend.
Concert For Cancer will be held on Sunday from 7pm at the Roncalli College Hall. Tickets are available from the door or at the school office and are $10 for an adult and $5 for pupils.