Christ Church parents help turn darkness to light
At a recent Senior School assembly, boys and staff heard from Christ Church parent David Richardson, who spoke about Telethon Adventurers. Telethon Adventurers raises money for Princess Margaret Hospital Ward 3B Total Care Unit (Oncology), to help fund research at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and also assist the PMH Rehabilitation Department.
David Richardson and his wife Ryoko, parents of Jack (Year 10) and Ben (Year 9), came to the School at the invitation of Canon Frank Sheehan, Director of the Centre for Ethics, who said: “David and some friends began Telethon Adventurers in honour of a brave boy called Elliot Parish, who died of cancer.”
“The Adventurers’ main focus is on finding a cure for childhood cancer. Staff and boys were deeply moved by this aspect of the story. We were also fascinated to hear of David’s meeting with the Dalai Lama earlier this year.
“David made a clear link between the sort of spiritual leadership given by His
Holiness and his own involvement in a project that seeks to turn darkness into light.”
In 2010, the Adventurers raised money by climbing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, and donated $920,000 to the Telethon Institute. This year, they gave more than a million dollars.
Canon Sheehan said: “It is an inspiring story of energy, commitment and compassion; just the sort of story we like to put before our students to encourage them to make a practical difference in the face of suffering.”