Author to donate proceeds to ‘inspiring’ student charity effort
By Nadia Surace
ACCLAIMED Australian author of bestselling titles including ‘You Can Conquer Cancer’, Dr Ian Gawler says he was recently inspired by a group of Shepparton High School (SHS) students.
Their involvement in charity excursion, World Challenge 2011 moved the mediation and mind-body medicine expert to host an experimental workshop in Shepparton on Saturday to help raise money for the 27 students’ travel expenses.
All proceeds from the event discussing how to find inner peace, health and well-being will go to their visits to Thailand and Cambodia where they will volunteer at poverty relief projects.
Gawler last week told The Adviser he wanted to help the students after his son, Saul Wakerman, a media and legal studies teacher at the school, told him about their ongoing work to raise money for their self-funded trips in September.
“I was really taken by the idea of the initiative,” he said.
“The vision to take kids from somewhat of a disadvantaged background all the way to Asia to work with other disadvantaged kids I thought was really amazing.
“I think it’s really inspiring that these students are working to raise the thousands that they need for the trip themselves.”
SHS teacher and World Challenge excursion co-ordination, Emlyn Cruickshank explained that prior to receiving a call from Gawler telling him of his intention to host the workshop, he was anxious about the students reaching their fund raising target.
“I was feeling the responsibility of trying to raise $60,000 in a school community that has stretched financial resources,” Mr Cruickshank said.
“So far we have raised $32,000 as a collective group. We have another $28,000 to go before we reach our goal,
“Dr Gawler’s donation of a workshop toward our costs was exceptionally generous.
“To hear from someone as esteemed as Dr Gawler, have him affirm the purpose of our project and our hopes for these students, and then offer this donation, was heartening. So too was the equally generous sponsorship of the event by Natremed.”
The long-term bone cancer survivor who’s leg was amputated in 1975 will present the workshop at SHS on Saturday 10am-4pm.
Tickets available at www.iangawler.com cost $95 for Adults and $75 for Concession.