STUDENTS at Kelso High School were "wearing it red" for a reason on Thursday, as a show of support for Ronald McDonald House in Orange.
The students from Kelso joined thousands of others from around the Central West, answering the call to wear red, and also making a gold coin donation for the charity which is a home away from home for sick kids and their families.
Wear It Red Day is now an annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House in Orange, which supports families living across five health districts, including Bathurst.
Since it opened its doors in April 2015, 730 families have used the facilities, as their children receive specialist medical support based in Orange. Ronald McDonald House Orange is also the first house to support families with issues relating to Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
While the average stay for families is three days, some have stayed up to six months, enabling them to be close to their child while they undergo medical treatment.
Principal of Bathurst High School, Ken Barwick, came up with the concept for Wear it Red Day three years ago. In 2017, about 16 schools participated, this year 60 have registered along with businesses in Bathurst, Orange, Parkes and other areas.
Mr Barwick said the day was all about raising funds to keep the doors open, so families in need can utilise the service when they need it.
Last year the day raised in excess of $10,000, with organisers hoping to eclipse that amount this year.
Narelle Small, Deputy Principal, Kelso High, Denison College, said the students loved being part of the day.
"They did it last year as well, they really love supporting such a great charity," she said.
Year nine student, Volkan Gunduz said everyone was happy to wear red and make a donation to Ronald McDonald House.
He said everyone including teachers made an effort to wear something red and support the day,
"It's a good cause, we're happy to help," he said.