MADISON GOODHUE & NICOLE HAMER
With the hype of the grand opening of the Topshop fashion store in Murray Street Mall today, just across the path was Canteen’s annual National Bandana Day stall which sells bandanas to raise money to support young people when cancer turns their lives upside down.
National Bandana Day is Canteen’s biggest fundraiser, with 2014 being its 29th year.
Co-organiser of the Perth city stall, Rhys Laurie said Canteen supported young people in a variety of ways.
“We run programs so that they can go on camps and recreation days where they get a chance to escape the difficulties they face, but also an opportunity to seek help from professionals and learn ways to help them cope in their cancer journey,” he said.
Volunteers dressed up in quirky costumes and rattled tins to encourage city shoppers to donate.
Canteen member Danni Chamberlain said she chose to volunteer for the day as the charity helped her through the death of her father a few months ago.
“It’s been really good,” she said.
“I got counseling, so that helped me a lot, and I’ve made heaps of friends through the program.”
Canteen has raised more than $30 million over the past 20 years and Mr Laurie said he had high hopes for this year.
“Last year we had a really good year,” he said.
“We always get a good vibe going.
“WA always puts on a big show.”