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Stellar performance

Wednesday, 13th December, 2017

BHHS principal Ross Mackay, performance co-odinator Charyne Bradley and community cancer network secretary Melissa Cumming at yesterday’s school assembly. PICTURE: Michael Murphy BHHS principal Ross Mackay, performance co-odinator Charyne Bradley and community cancer network secretary Melissa Cumming at yesterday’s school assembly. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

People whose life has been touched by cancer have been given a helping hand by the city’s youngest of performers and Broken Hill High teacher Charyne Bradley.

Ms Bradley co-ordinated two concerts with students from across nine schools and they raised $3500 for the Broken Hill and District Community Cancer Network.

“I started it a few years ago because my father passed away of cancer and I wanted to do something for our community,” said Ms Bradley, who is the relieving Creative Arts head teacher at Broken Hill High.

“It’s been fantastic, we’ve had little tiny primary school students doing poetry, readings, dance and singing items all the way through to the high schools with big rock bands.

“It was beautiful ... they really had a lovely time working together.”

Each school performed one or two items, but they all pulled together for the opening and closing performances.

The concerts are held every two years, with musicals on alternate years, the next of which Ms Bradley intends to write over the holidays.

A presentation was held at the high school assembly yesterday morning with special guest Melissa Cumming, who is the secretary of the network.

“We set up the network a number of years ago to provide financial support to patients having cancer treatment who are based in the district,” Ms Cumming said.

“We pay some of their bills, about $750 per patient, which enables them to have $750 which they can allocate to something else,” she said.

“Cancer treatment can put a financial burden onto someone, particularly if they are travelling, and also if they have time off work because they are unwell.”

Ms Cumming said the demand for the service since it started had been constant.

“We are never not supporting families.”

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