Kahui shows sweet way to fundraise
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.
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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.