A substantial fundraising project by a Northland school has helped put Project Promise well on the way to reaching its $3 million goal by the end of October.
Senior students at Kaipara Westmount School have raised $27,000 towards the Whangarei-based cancer treatment centre.
The 20 year 11 to 13 students from the Maungaturoto-based school's student executive committee spent six weeks telemarketing businesses and members of the community for donations towards the project.
Westmount School is administered by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.
The fundraising is part of a charitable fundraising programme run each year by the students. Recipients have included the Northland Rescue Helicopter ($10,000), the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal ($2705) and the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day.
Liz Woodward, manager of the Northland Community Foundation, which is behind Project Promise, says she was "simply blown away when I heard what the students had achieved".
"While the school is based in Maungaturoto, I understand the funds came from all across the Kaipara area as well as Warkworth and Wellsford."
This is the second donation towards the project from a Westmount School. The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church campus at Kerikeri donated $22,000 to the project last year.
Ms Woodward said the students had done an exceptional job encouraging the generosity needed to raise such an amount.
"The students should be incredibly proud. It is fantastic to see young people work together to give back to the community. I was smiling for days after the assembly and meeting them," Ms Woodward says.
Kaipara Campus management team chief executive Jeff Wearmouth says while staff fully supported the fundraising initiative the students "conceived the plan, promoted it, did the hard work of collecting the funds and ran the final presentation".
"These students have demonstrated genuine care for the community in Northland in a practical way and we applaud them for it."
He says students were well aware of the trauma cancer sufferers go through.
"There are young people in the area suffering from the disease who the students know well and they have researched the recipient of the funds carefully."
The foundation is embarking on a final push to raise $1m during the next two months.
The Project Promise campaign kicked off in 2010 and has passed the $2m mark. The proposed centre will provide day-stay cancer treatment and related nursing and support services.