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Broadford Secondary College students take part in Endometriosis Month

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Broadford Secondary College students and staff raised funds for Endometriosis Awareness Month last week, with activities and dress up.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, an opportunity for women and others to understand more about the conditions and the symptoms to look out for.

Nearly one million Australians live with endometriosis at some point in their life, with the condition often starting in teenagers, which means most people are likely to know someone with endometriosis.

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Broadford team houses were asked to run a charity each term, with Piper House focusing on Endometriosis Awareness Month to start off the charities throughout the year.

Students opted for an out of uniform day with a hero theme and took part in several activities such as AFL longest kick, with students and staff taking out prizes, all while raising funds for the month.

Altogether with the activities, coin donation and hot chips initiative, the school have so far raised above $750 dollars.

Teacher and head of Piper House Glenden Hickson said many leaders from year 11 and 12 identified Endometriosis not being discussed enough.

“I’m hopeful [it would start conversations] at least that I reckon there would be a lot of students who probably had never heard of it or had no understanding,” he said.

“And I’m hoping that for a lot of females as well they’ll seek help, and not sort of feel like they’ve got to put up with it … it certainly started conversations for staff too.”

The wellbeing team invited external services to offer students information about free programs and services available within the community, including Smile Squad Dental Service, Berry Street, Mitchell Youth Services, and services.

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