Asthma award for student
Rototuna Primary school celebrated the success of one of its students on Friday, as year six student Lachlan Bullen won $200, and the Leigh and Betty Dunbar Asthma Young Achievers Award.
The Asthma Young Achievers Award is open to children between the ages of five and 13 who have overcome the difficulties of living with asthma or other respiratory conditions, and who attend a primary or intermediate school in the Hamilton area.
The awards were created in recognition of Leigh and Betty Dunbar, who were founders of the Waikato Asthma and Respiratory Trust.
Lachlan, a 10-year-old student from Rototuna Primary School, impressed the committee with his positive commitment to learning despite being admitted to hospital on a number of occasions this year.
It was a surprised to Lachlan, who did not know he was the winner until it was announced at the assembly.
“I was so happy when I heard my name. I was about to start crying.
“I looked at my friends and they were all just waiting to give me high fives,” Lachlan said.
Lachlan suffers from brittle asthma, a condition where patients can have very serious and often, life threatening, attacks.
“It is really hard when we do physical education., I play soccer and swim and sometimes it is hard when I try to join in, but the swimming has helped my asthma.”
While the award was a shock to him, he had already planned what he was going to do with his $200 award after the assembly.
“I’m going to share it with three of my close friends.”
“I know they were after something from Whitcoulls so I am planning to spend $25 each on them there.”
The committee that chose Lachlan as the winner said he tries to make the most of each opportunity presented to him at school and even though he was too sick to compete in the school cross country he was a valuable support person and cheered on all of the runners.
The committee were so impressed by the large number of nominations they have given two additional second equal awards to Hunter Pogai from Aberdeen Primary and Claudia Emery from Hamilton West Primary.
Both have been presented with a medal and book voucher for their achievements.
Members of the The Waikato Asthma and Respiratory Trust, Rototuna primary school teacher Courtney Mace, winner Lachlan Bullen and mum Janice Bullen.