Balloons raise money for melanoma sufferer

Prospect High School Student Leadership Board members with black balloons sold in support of the Johnston Family Pledge Appeal.

Prospect High School Student Leadership Board members with black balloons sold in support of the Johnston Family Pledge Appeal.

MORE than 100 black balloons were yesterday launched from the Prospect High School oval in support of the Johnston Family Pledge Appeal.

The school received an email asking for assistance in raising money for Department of Education employee Jason Johnston, of Devonport, who is fighting melanoma.

Prospect High's student leadership board co-presidents Brodie Palfreyman and Jordan Thorp said about $200 had been raised through raffles and the sale of black helium balloons.

``We were originally asked to do a black clothes day, but because black was already part of our school uniform, we decided to do the balloons instead,'' Jordan said.

``We've put up a few posters around the school and told some of the classes about it and what it was for.''

The fund-raiser was co-ordinated with assistance from Prospect High School's Wendy Green, who sourced a donation of helium and balloons for yesterday's event.

``Even though they don't get anything out of it, they still get a good feeling knowing that they've donated and helped,'' Jordan said.

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