Chil­dren cut laps for cause

Myrtleford Times - - News -

ABOUT $3000 was raised for the Aussie Farm­ers’ Foun­da­tion last week when stu­dents at Ta­wonga Pri­mary School held an all-school bikeathon on their new bike track.

The track forms a loop of about 500m, and stu­dents took turns rid­ing con­tin­u­ously for two and a half hours.

Prin­ci­pal Kim Franzke said that all chil­dren who wanted to ride were given the op­por­tu­nity, and less con­fi­dent rid­ers bud­died up with more ex­pe­ri­enced ones to com­plete the more dif­fi­cult sec­tions of the track.

“The few who chose not to ride spent some of the time bak­ing a bike cake to en­cour­age the rid­ers,” she said.

Stu­dents were spon­sored per lap, and Ms Franzke said that the money is still rolling in.

“I am sure that we will have at least $3000 by the end, which makes about $150 per child,” she said.

The idea for a school bike track grew out of a grade 5/6 stu­dent lead­er­ship ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing 10 other schools, where the stu­dents were asked to come up with a plan to im­prove their schools.

The com­bined ef­forts of stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents saw the track con­structed, and is now wellused both as a cy­cle and a run­ning track.

“That idea has now been turned into some­thing that can help oth­ers,” Ms Franzke said.

“As well as help­ing a fundraiser, many of the par­ents have said that the track has en­cour­aged their chil­dren to ride more reg­u­larly,” Ms Franzke said.

“All this shows how a small group can have a lot of in­flu­ence work­ing to­gether as a team.”

SET TO GO: Al­most 20 stu­dents from Ta­wonga Pri­mary School tool part in last week’s bikeathon to raise money for drought­stricken farm­ers.

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