It was a colourful end to the week for Bega Valley Public School pupils as they participated in their fun run to raise funds for the school.
Healthy living and financial education was the theme at the school, with students learning about good eating and exercise habits and fundraising tactics in the lead up to the event.
The schools Parents and Citizens Association organised the event and president Rod McDonald said it was a great success.
“We got 19 local businesses on board, and the kids were organising all of their own sponsorship online,” he said.
“They covered the shirts and the paint for the day, and so far we’ve collected $3000 for the school.”
As the fundraising effort winds up, Mr McDonald is expecting that number to reach closer to $4000.
He said the profits allow the P&C to do positive things for the students, such as build playground equipment and pay for excursion buses.
Bega Valley pupils trained for the event in the weeks leading up to the fun run, going for runs in the mornings, and structuring lessons around healthy eating and fitness.
As the P&C is responsible for the school’s canteen, Mr McDonald said there was a focus on good food choices. At the end of the race the pupils enjoyed natural frozen fruit juice icypoles, instead of the sugary, artificially coloured variety.
Parents and teachers helped out on the day by setting up the race and enthusiastically blasting the students with colours from the sidelines.
The finish line was a rainbow of colour soaked pupils as they relaxed after their run on the school oval.
Mr McDonald said the fun run was a good fundraiser, but it was clear the pupils really enjoyed themselves, an that was the most rewarding aspect of the day.