Students don colourful headwear for 2019 Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser

SCHOOLS in Redland Bay and Victoria Point were a sea of colour on June 25 as students donned beanies to raise money for people impacted by brain cancer.

Victoria Point State High School's second Beanies For Brain Cancer fundraiser saw the school teaming up with Redland Bay and Victoria Point primary schools to host three sausage sizzles.

For a gold coin donation, students could wear their beanies to school and enjoy a sausage at lunch time.

Money raised will go to the Mark Hughes Foundation for cancer support and research.

With skies overcast, a few showers during the day and temperatures remaining under 20 degrees, students were grateful for warm headwear and hot food.

Victoria Point State High School principal Scot Steinhardt said it was important to get students talking about brain cancer.

"Brain cancer is one cancer where survival rates just aren't changing," he said.

"Where, thankfully, we are seeing survival rates for other sorts of cancers improve, which is great news, brain cancer is still lagging behind.

"Until you have to deal with it, so many of us know so very little about it (and) we need to encourage young people to have those conversations. One of the healthiest things you can do when life is difficult is talk about things."

Mr Steinhardt lost his brother to the disease in 2017.

He said it was heartwarming to see so many students from all three schools wearing colourful beanies.

"It is fantastic to see the young people...getting involved," he said.

"This year has been an overwhelming success

"We've cooked and served 2500 sausages which is 200 kilos and we've had outstanding support from the community once again."

He said he hoped the fundraiser would be an annual event.