BENDIGO South-East College student Maddee Conn might look like most other teenagers, but the yellow ribbon in her hair is the first giveaway she has a story to tell.
The 16-year-old lost her mum to skin cancer 12 years ago, and said it was time to help others.
Maddee and her friend Leah Holden organised an ongoing fundraiser at their school, which has so far raised $500 for Cancer Council Victoria.
“Mum was a childcare worker and helped so many people – I just felt the need to do something, because losing my mum was very painful and it’s with me all the time,” she said.
Maddee wears yellow everyday, to encourage students and teachers to donate to the cause, and more importantly to remind them to protect themselves against the sun.
“I just miss her and don’t want it to happen to anyone else – I want people to learn from what happened to my family,” she said.
“Everyone knows about skin cancer but not many know that you must protect yourself from the sun, even on cloudy days. I just want everyone to think of the pain it can cause if you’re not careful.”