James and the lemon stall

In a world where the media is so quick to condemn young people for the mistakes they make, there are so many young people making a positive difference in their community.

Whitefriars College has some wonderful young men who do extraordinary things. Some achieve greatness on the sporting field, some on the stage and others in the classroom. However, there are times when the extraordinary things our young men do are in the service of others and can go unnoticed.


James Hammerton, a Year 7 student, is one such man. This is his story…

“Back in 2012, my grandfather had cancer. It was very tough during this time but one recess with my friend helped change that.

I had a lemon tree that was over flowing with lemons and my friend Sam and I wanted to do something to help those affected by cancer. When I first told my mum, she thought I was joking, but I told her I wasn’t. She said “Ok, let’s do it” and we started the Lemon Stall. We decided that all the money we raised on the day would go to the Cancer Council Victoria. We set up a fundraising page, and it was now official.

On our first Lemon Stall in 2013, we weren’t expecting to raise much money. We had some jugs of lemonade, some lemon slice and other lemon treats, but lots of different people turned up. We raised around $400 that year and was a lot more than expected. I got asked to go on a local radio and talked about what I had done. The next year we raised close to $700. We now thought we were getting somewhere. We decided to go for 3rd year and reached a final total of $999.95.

Fast forward to 2018 and it has become a full-on Lemon Festival. From having a few jugs of lemonade in 2013 to having lemonade dispensers in 2018, the change has been amazing. The amount of lemon donations we receive is incredible, it makes a real difference. So far to date, we have raised approximately $7,500 to date.”


At Whitefriars, our mission is to empower young men to live with integrity through experiences of community and prayer and through a sensitivity to justice. We must always remember to search for little heroes in our community and celebrate their achievements.

Mr Mick Lafferty, Deputy Principal – Students

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