Children cut laps for cause
By ALEX CRAIG
ABOUT $3000 was raised for the Aussie Farmers’ Foundation last week when students at Tawonga Primary School held an all-school bikeathon on their new bike track.
The track forms a loop of about 500m, and students took turns riding continuously for two and a half hours.
Principal Kim Franzke said that all children who wanted to ride were given the opportunity, and less confident riders buddied up with more experienced ones to complete the more difficult sections of the track.
“The few who chose not to ride spent some of the time baking a bike cake to encourage the riders,” she said.
Students were sponsored per lap, and Ms Franzke said that the money is still rolling in.
“I am sure that we will have at least $3000 by the end, which makes about $150 per child,” she said.
The idea for a school bike track grew out of a grade 5/6 student leadership activity involving 10 other schools, where the students were asked to come up with a plan to improve their schools.
The combined efforts of students, teachers and parents saw the track constructed, and is now wellused both as a cycle and a running track.
“That idea has now been turned into something that can help others,” Ms Franzke said.
“As well as helping a fundraiser, many of the parents have said that the track has encouraged their children to ride more regularly,” Ms Franzke said.
“All this shows how a small group can have a lot of influence working together as a team.”
SET TO GO: Almost 20 students from Tawonga Primary School tool part in last week’s bikeathon to raise money for droughtstricken farmers.