Three hearty cheers


The chil­dren at Wai­tan­girua Kinder­garten have big hearts.

So big that they won the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Wear Red for Healthy Hearts com­pe­ti­tion for their re­gion. The Heart Foun­da­tion’s mas­cot, Hearty, vis­ited the kinder­garten last Wed­nes­day to present the chil­dren with their award.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, the chil­dren and teach­ers dressed up in red, had a healthy morn­ing tea and took part in a tug of war, red face paint­ing and lots of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The Wear Red for Healthy Hearts com­pe­ti­tion is an an­nual event that co­in­cides with the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Fe­bru­ary Heart Week ap­peal.

The Heart Foun­da­tion aims to stop New Zealan­ders dy­ing pre­ma­turely from heart dis­ease. It fo­cuses on re­search, pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles and ad­vanc­ing car­diac care.

Beat beat: Teiki Fa’amasino Paraha, left, and Mikayla Lo­keni cel­e­brate hav­ing healthy hearts.

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