ARARAT Primary School pupils learnt how to support cancer sufferers returning to school during a theatre performance on Tuesday.
Three puppets – Kylie, Dean and Melissa – visited the school as part of McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets program.
They helped dispel myths children might have about cancer and other serious illnesses.
More than four million children across Australia have seen the educational program during the past 23 years.
McDonald’s Camp Quality national programs manager Angie Grant said children struggled to understand cancer and other serious illnesses.
“The show teaches children about cancer and how to create a supportive and understanding school community for those living with a serious illness,” she said.
“We’re grateful for McDonald’s long-standing support and generosity towards the program that allows us to reach more than 200,000 children each year.”
Ararat licensee Richard Harris said McDonald’s was delighted to support the program in the Wimmera.
“The McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets have been spreading their essential message since 1988,” he said.
“Thanks to the show, four million primary school students now have a better understanding of what it means when someone has a serious illness and how to support them.”