Stu­dents take ac­tive ap­proach for school

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

MORE than 300 stu­dents at Our Lady of Good Coun­sel School in Gat­ton have raised $14, 284.11 af­ter tak­ing part in a school fun-run to raise much-needed funds for their school.

OLGCS Barry Utz said the stu­dents’ com­mit­ment to the fun run was sec­ond to none.

“Our stu­dents are so ex­cited about the money they’ve helped raise for school re­sources, and they thor­oughly en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing in the school fun-run along­side their peers as they cheered each other on,” Mr Utz said.

School fun-run pro­gram di­rec­tor Bren­dan Hopp said the or­gan­i­sa­tion took great pride in help­ing schools im­prove stu­dent well­be­ing and their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“School fun-run has been sup­port­ing schools for more than 30 years,” Mr Hopp said.

“As one of the few school fundrais­ers in Aus­tralia that is purely health-based, we love see­ing the kids take part as they work on build­ing ac­tive and healthy life­styles.”

Up to 280,000 stu­dents will take part in the school fun-run this year. As a col­lec­tive they will jog 560,000 kilo­me­tres which is the equiv­a­lent of run­ning 13 laps of the world.

In re­turn for their ef­fort, schools are ex­pected to raise $6 mil­lion this year. To raise the same net profit with junk food, they would need to sell nine mil­lion choco­late bars.

With 360 stu­dents, St Patrick’s Col­lege Strath­field is cur­rently the high­est fundrais­ing school so far this year.

The School Fun-run Pro­gram had been run­ning Aus­tralia-wide since 1987, with par­tic­i­pat­ing schools rais­ing over $94 mil­lion in ex­tra fund­ing over that pe­riod.

The pro­gram is the largest fun-run for schools na­tion­ally and pro­vides on­go­ing sup­port for stu­dents and fam­i­lies through their on­line por­tal to en­cour­age on­go­ing healthy habits at home.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 1800 386 786 or visit school­fundrais­

FUN RUN: Our Lady of Good Coun­sel School stu­dents.

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