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More than $800 has been raised for the Dubbo integrated cancer centre from the Dubbo College Delroy Campus Girls Academy students.

The Girls Academy works with high schools across Australia delivering a support program for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander girls. It was introduced to Dubbo College earlier this year.

Every member of the Delroy Girls Academy has had a family member of loved one who has been affected by cancer. The group met with West Dubbo Rotary a few weeks ago to plan collaborative fundraising efforts.

The students began raising funds by cooking and and selling lunches to school staff and local businesses every Tuesday for four weeks. They stayed after school on Mondays to prepare the lunches.

The Girls Academy students also held a Walk for Cancer Centre within the school earlier in the month.

This term the students have raised $793 and they plan for it to continue.

Year 7 student Grace Monson said the best part was the teachers thanking the young ladies for lunch every week. Grace said she thought they really enjoyed buying their lunches from the Girls Academy.

Year 9 student Clancy Holmes-Smith said she enjoyed staying back after school because she knew the money was going to a good cause.

The Girls Academy has four objectives: increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning.