Students, siblings, parents and staff of Old Bar Public School came together for an active, fun-filled and messy day to help raise much-needed funds for the school.
The 525 students raised $10,439 after taking part in a School Fun-Run colour run.
Event co-ordinator Amanda Trotter, Old Bar Public School’s P and C fundraising co-ordinator, said the students’ commitment was second to none.
“Our students are so excited about the money they’ve helped raised, and they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the School Fun-Run alongside their peers as they cheered each other on,” Amanda said.
The school appreciates its supportive and generous community, which helped make the day an even bigger success.
Old Bar Rural Fire Brigade was on board to cool everyone off, Old Bar Boot Camp put everyone through their paces on the course, and Bean about Coffee kept the adults well-caffeinated.
School Fun Run program director Brendan Hopp said the organisation takes great pride in helping schools improve student wellbeing and their learning environment.
“School Fun Run has been supporting schools for more than 30 years,” Mr Hopp said.
“As one of the few school fundraisers in Australia that is purely health based, we love seeing the kids take part as they work on building active and healthy lifestyles.”
This year 280,000 Australian students will have taken part in the School Fun Run this year, jogging a collective 560,000km, the equivalent of running 13 laps of the world.
In return for their effort, schools are forecasted to raise $6 million. To raise the same net profit with junk food, they would need to sell nine million chocolate bars.
The School Fun-Run program has been running Australia-wide since 1987, with participating schools raising over $94 million in extra funding over that period.
The program is the largest fun-run for schools nationally and provides ongoing support for students and families through their online portal to encourage ongoing healthy habits at home.