During Allergy Awareness Week in May, Camberwell Grammar was proud to join a number of Melbourne schools for Youth Action for Allergy – an opportunity to raise awareness about anaphylaxis and vital funds for allergy research. As we raised awareness about anaphylaxis with Youth Action for Allergy, we also took time to remember Max, a much-loved Camberwell Grammar student who tragically passed away as the result of an allergic reaction to food in 2021. Max’s enthusiasm for life was infectious, and he helped foster a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the groups in which he was involved. During Allergy Awareness Week, Max's family and friends gathered with Associate Professor Kirsten Perret, Director of the National Allergy Centre of Excellence, to reflect on Max's legacy.

The School community also honoured Max by placing a bench in his memory outside of Dorset House. Students held our first 'Live Life to the Max Day' with a casual clothes day, wearing a touch of pink - Max's favourite colour, and a sausage sizzle. The community raised $6,242.25, which was given to support the National Allergy Centre of Excellence – Australia’s peak allergy research body.