Students lap up relay fun
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.
Abbey Swalling, 10, and other students run laps for Relay for Life on the Karratha Primary School oval.