Rheumatic fever in fo­cus at Glen­view School spe­cial day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

Pho­tos: AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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