Stu­dents lap up re­lay fun

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School held its an­nual whole-school Re­lay for Life fundraiser last Wed­nes­day.

The Cancer Coun­cil of WA-spon­sored event in­volved more than 300 stu­dents, rang­ing from kindy to Year 6, run­ning a se­ries of nov­elty laps such as egg-and-spoon rac­ing, hula-hoop­ing and jump­ing rope around the oval through­out the morn­ing.

The chil­dren were spon­sored by fam­ily and friends per lap they ran, with the funds raised go­ing to­wards cancer re­search.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School pas­toral care com­mit­tee chair­woman and event or­gan­iser Ali­son Sheedy said Re­lay for Life had been a tra­di­tion at the school since a former teacher be­gan it about five years ago, after los­ing her hus­band to cancer.

“It’s been a tra­di­tion since I've been here, and it was go­ing be­fore I came here,” she said.

“It’s prob­a­bly (con­tin­ued) be­cause we’ve had a cou­ple of kids at our school who’ve been af­fected by cancer per­son­ally, as well as fam­ily mem­bers.” The Cancer Coun­cil this year pro­vided mer­chan­dise free of charge be­cause of the school’s long-term com­mit­ment to the event.

Ms Sheedy said the chil­dren loved get­ting out­side and be­ing ac­tive for the re­lay and “it al­ways goes off”.

Later in the day, par­ents came to the school to share a pic­nic lunch with their chil­dren and spent the af­ter­noon visit­ing classes to see what they had been learn­ing this term.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Will Davis said the an­nual fundrais­ing day was part of the school’s com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing bet­ter phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School stu­dents with event or­gan­iser Ali­son Sheedy and school board mem­ber Michelle Do­herty.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Abbey Swalling, 10, and other stu­dents run laps for Re­lay for Life on the Kar­ratha Pri­mary School oval.

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