Ballarat students walk in honour of Fiona

WALK ON: Ballarat High School students Jordan Foy, left, and Aleksandar Masnic and Ryan Becker, right, with Ballarat Cancer Research Centre director George Kannourakis and Fiona's mother Gail Elsey.
WALK ON: Ballarat High School students Jordan Foy, left, and Aleksandar Masnic and Ryan Becker, right, with Ballarat Cancer Research Centre director George Kannourakis and Fiona's mother Gail Elsey.

SECONDARY students from around Ballarat this week will continue to honour the legacy left by young cancer victim Fiona Elsey.An initiative of the Ballarat High School, as many as 4000 youngsters will walk Lake Wendouree in memory of the 14-year-old who lost her cancer fight in 1991.Fiona’s Walk, as it is known, will be held on Thursday with funds raised going directly to the Ballarat Cancer Research Centre.Fiona’s mother Gail said the annual event started in 2006 after the Ballarat High School held a 15-year memorial dinner in Fiona’s honour.But the school and its students wanted to do more.“That very first year, there was 500 students from the high school. But now, over the years, it has incorporated all of the schools in Ballarat,” Ms Elsey said.“The good thing about it is — which Fiona would really love — the teachers have mentioned over time, with the students there is always that little bit of competition between schools, but this is one event where all schools come together as one.”“They are giving back to their community, but they love to support what Fiona wanted to achieve.”Ms Elsey said the event was organised by students at Ballarat High School.“It is just so important to have that support. They are young people, and people don’t give youth credit enough,” she said.“The youth are our tomorrow and they are stepping up and taking charge to do something good for the community at a young age. To me, that just blows me away.”