More than 3000 students take part in Fiona's Walk

FOR FIONA: Elliott Dalton, year 11, Tait Hoey, year 11, Fiona’s mother Gail Elsey, Meg Wallis, year 12, and Steve Moneghetti taking part in Fiona’s Walk around Lake Wendouree. Picture: Kate Healy
FOR FIONA: Elliott Dalton, year 11, Tait Hoey, year 11, Fiona’s mother Gail Elsey, Meg Wallis, year 12, and Steve Moneghetti taking part in Fiona’s Walk around Lake Wendouree. Picture: Kate Healy

RECORD numbers honoured the memory of young cancer victim Fiona Elsey yesterday.More than 3000 Ballarat senior school students lapped Lake Wendouree as part of Fiona’s Walk, an event that raises funds for the Ballarat Cancer Research Centre (BCRC).Six schools were involved in the walk, hosted annually by Ballarat High School, where Fiona was a student.BHS event organiser Liz Stratton said it was fitting that, in the 20th year since Fiona lost her fight with cancer, the walk attracted more students than ever before.“Next year we are hoping to involve not only a number of primary schools in the event, but we would love to have all secondary schools represented.” Ms Stratton said.“Fiona’s story signifies the enormous impact a child can have in this world, and it is only fitting to honour her memory in such a way.”Fiona’s Walk this year coincided with a new initiative from the BCRC, Fiona’s Dream, which allows visitors to the BCRC website to purchase a flower or bunch of flowers in memory of someone they know that has been touched by the disease.“We are hopeful that this campaign will spread across social media platforms; it’s all about raising awareness of Fiona’s incredible story whilst also remembering those that we have lost,” BCRC event coordinator Nick Sculley said.For more information visit www.bcrc.org.au/fionas-dream