Skip­ping school raises $7000

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Tom Price com­mu­nity has gone above and be­yond in rais­ing money for the Heart Foun­da­tion through the ev­er­green Jump Rope for Heart pro­gram.

North Tom Price Pri­mary School hosted its jump-off day last month, with all age groups get­ting in­volved in the pop­u­lar skip­ping event.

Health and Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist Che Hill­son said the school had orig­i­nally hoped to raise $2000, but ended up with more than $7000.

“I was just blown away by the gen­eros­ity of the North Tom Price Pri­mary School and wider Tom Price com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The (kids) had so much fun do­ing it first time round so I am sure they would be happy to do it again.

“The stu­dent lead­ers were fan­tas­tic in the run­ning of the event . . . and show­ing the younger kids how to skip in the lead-up.”

The event lined up with a visit from BMX rider Jade MacPher­son, who came along to have a chat with the kids and even got on his bike to do some bunny hops over a turn­ing skip­ping rope —a first for the rider.

Mr Hill­son said it was good to re­vive Jump Rope for Heart af­ter the event had been ab­sent from the school for a few years.

“The students would be skip­ping at re­cess and af­ter school,” he said.

“It was re­ward­ing to see kids who couldn’t skip pre­vi­ously be ac­tu­ally able to jump in and do it.”

Pic­ture: North Tom Price Pri­mary School

North Tom Price Pri­mary School students raised more than $7000 for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

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