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John Livingston's Legacy - The Cure Starts Now

​​Two years ago on 6th May 2015 we lost a much loved member of our school community when our Executive Principal, Mr John Livingston passed away from brain cancer.  Those of you who knew John would be well awa​re of his tremendous passion for education and for ​improving the lives of young people.  In the last few months of his life, he was contacted by recent and long term graduates who wanted him to know that he had been a significant influence in their lives.  They described him as a dedicated principal and a very good man.  They admired the great strength and resilience he had always shown throughout his life.  They were inspired by his relentless drive to provide the very best education for every student and they loved his zest for life and his ability to draw people together to make a positive contribution to the community.


John’s legacy is still alive at Kirwan High through our work with CSN (The Cure Starts Now), an international organisation that raises funds to find a cure for the deadly brain cancer DIPG (Paediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) which takes the lives of too many young children every year.  The Australian branch of CSN was established in Townsville by the Pedersen family in honour of their daughter and sister Amy, who passed away in 2009, just sixteen months after diagnosis.  Amy was only 9 years old.  Her family are passionate about CSN and they have one goal in mind – to make sure that families no longer have to watch their child suffer and pass away as a result of this horrific cancer.


John was very enthusiastic about our resolve to raise money for this foundation in his name.  It is very fitting that he be remembered in association with an organisation whose sole purpose is to improve the lives of young people.

In the last two years we have raised in excess of $110,000 for The Cure Starts Now through two major events.  Firstly, our student led “Cut For A Cure” Gala day at which students and staff have their hair cut to raise funds.


This year this event will be held on Monday 24th July.  Students in each house are currently looking for sponsorship so please ask your child about this and encourage them to get involved with the fund raising activities.


We also hold the John Livingston Gala Dinner and Auction.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the adults in our community to get dressed up and come along to eat great food, be entertained and donate whatever funds you can to a most worthy cause in memory of a great man.  It will be held on Saturday night 26th August at Rydges. If you can assist in any way with prizes or organising tables of friends/colleagues, please let us know.

Meredith Wenta

Executive Principal