Rheumatic fever in focus at Glenview School special day
Glenview School pupils would crawl through hoops to reduce rheumatic fever, and did much more besides last Wednesday.
All 75 pupils spent the morning completing a huge obstacle course at their Cannons Creek school as part of an Amazing Race- style fundraiser for charity Cure Kids.
Assisting the children were 44 staff from Accor Hotels, who were touring the country last week raising money and awareness of rheumatic fever.
Glenview was the only Wellington primary school to be visited by the hotel workers, who have fundraised $200,000 to battle rheumatic fever.
Before starting the obstacle race, Glenview pupils wolfed down a huge, hot breakfast cooked by the hotel workers.
The children then broke into teams and completed fun challenges such as crawling through tunnels, sliding down a hill on cardboard boxes and swinging on monkey bars.
‘‘Community health is really important, so we will happily support anything to do with health,’’ principal Gaylene Hill said.
Joyride: Rimu Winiana, 11, was pulled down a grassy slope by
Accor hotel staff.
Queen for a day: Chantal Faraimo, 5, was carried around all morning by Accor worker Ani Chitre – two pupils per team were not allowed to touch the ground to make the challenges more difficult.
Hoop dreams: Glenview School pupil Luisa-Rose Va’a, 5, grimaced her way through a fundraising challenge last Wednesday.