Kahui shows sweet way to fundraise

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All Black star Richard Kahui is en­cour­ag­ing kids to fundraise through sport rather than sweets.

Kahui is an ambassador for the Adi­das School Fun Run pro­gramme de­signed for pri­mary schools to raise much-needed funds with events such as skip-a-thons and run­ning races.

The All Black and Chiefs cen­tre launched the pro­gramme with the help of Ko­hia Ter­race School on Fri­day.

‘‘It’s all about that healthy mes­sage, know­ing that you can raise money in a healthy way and get kids out­side and ac­tive,’’ he says.

Kahui re­mem­bers run­ning laps of his school field and skip­ping rope to raise money as a young­ster.

‘‘Whereas to­day it’s a lit­tle bit more based around sell­ing sweets or choco­late, which is why this is such a great idea be­cause the kids re­ally love it.’’

The pro­gramme will help schools fundraise for ev­ery­thing from tech­nol­ogy up­grades to new sports gear.

Ko­hia Ter­race School prin­ci­pal Ali­son Spence says the idea of a fun run ap­peals much more as a fundraiser than less ac­tive al­ter­na­tives.

Af­ter giv­ing the pro­gramme a test run on the school field, Kahui of­fi­cially opened the school’s new ar­ti­fi­cial sports turf.

Pupils Michael Dere­vianko and Tom Gor­don were the first to break in the new field, catch­ing some passes from the sports star.

More than 100 schools have al­ready signed up to the fun run ini­tia­tive.

Or­gan­is­ers of the pro­gramme hope it will raise $600,000 for schools this year.

There in­volved sign up.

are no costs for schools which

Pho­tos: JA­SON OXENHAM

Ac­tive fundrais­ing: Ko­hia Ter­race School pupils help All Black Richard Kahui launch the Adi­das School Fun Run pro­gramme. Kick­ing it off, be­low: All Black star Richard Kahui of­fi­cially opened Ko­hia Ter­race School’s new ar­ti­fi­cial sports turf.

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