Asthma award for stu­dent

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

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.

Photo / Tom Row­land

Mem­bers of the The Waikato Asthma and Res­pi­ra­tory Trust, Ro­to­tuna pri­mary school teacher Court­ney Mace, win­ner Lach­lan Bullen and mum Jan­ice Bullen.

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