Beaconhills student develops Relay For Life app

6 February 2019
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A Year 10 Beaconhills College student has developed a unique app to help thousands of participants in the upcoming Cancer Council’s Casey Relay for Life event.

Aaron Sharpe volunteered his time to develop the app over the past four months. He used Swift coding, teaching himself the developer skills from watching Youtube videos.

The ‘Relay for Life Casey’ app has met Apple’s stringent requirements and is now available for free on the App Store.

Its features include real-time notifications during the event, a button for direct donations, an event schedule, kids section, information on ceremonies, auctions, entertainment and food as well as maps and news.

Aaron, who attends the Pakenham Campus, is delighted to see the app up and running and said it was a “big job over the holidays”.

“It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learnt many skills from it. I love knowing that my work is going towards something like this,” he said.

The Casey Relay for Life committee has invited Aaron to the 1-2 March event at Berwick’s Akoonah Park where he will help maintain the app.

Beaconhills College’s Head of Citizenship and Service, Clare Tuohy, said she was thrilled to see Aaron’s work recognised.

“His individual work and commitment is an example of why we are so proud of Beaconhills students,” Mrs Tuohy said.

Each year the College is a major contributor to Relay For Life events at Casey and Cardinia. Last year the College raised more than $45,000 to donate to the Cancer Council and earned two research awards.

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