Holy Family Primary School raises $22,000 in colour run

WHAT FUN: Participating in Holy Family Primary School's fun run were, front, Payton Peters, Ashley Terry, Sienna Collins, Eleanor Wyllie, Emmeline Wyllie, Jasmine Clark and Eva Smith; back, Lucy Chapman and Mhairi Wyllie. Photo: Contributed
WHAT FUN: Participating in Holy Family Primary School's fun run were, front, Payton Peters, Ashley Terry, Sienna Collins, Eleanor Wyllie, Emmeline Wyllie, Jasmine Clark and Eva Smith; back, Lucy Chapman and Mhairi Wyllie. Photo: Contributed

Holy Family Primary School students have raised a massive $22,000 for their school after hosting a CUA School Fun Run in September.

In the lead-up to the event, students pounded the pavement and raised funds online by seeking sponsorship from their family, friends and the Parkes community. 

The Holy Family P&F Association organised the event – in the form of a colour run – at the end of Term 3, which saw students, staff and parents running and walking around Pioneer Oval as they were splashed with colour.

Principal Denise Gersbach said the $22,000 raised was a phenomenal achievement.

“Not only could everyone get out of the classroom and exercise, but the students were keen to set and meet their fundraising targets so they could earn prizes like scooters and sporting equipment, which of course promote further healthy activity,” she said.

“Parents enthusiastically supported the initiative as it steered their kids away from traditional fundraising efforts which often involve selling junk food.”

The funds will be used to enhance the school’s playground area for active play and its construction.

All children who raised money for the colour run received some amazing prizes.

Holy Family School would like to thank their wonderful P&F Association, and everyone who was able to sponsor a child for the event.

St Patrick's Primary School students in Trundle will be taking part in a CUA School Fun Run on Thursday, October 19 to raise money for their school.

The School Fun Run program has been running Australia-wide since 1987, helping schools to raise extra funding for facilities and upgrade school equipment and supplies.

The program also provides students and families with additional tools and practical advice from the online health hub to encourage ongoing healthy habits at home.

More than 800 Australian schools raised a combined total of $3.6 million through the School Fun Run in 2016.

CUA Chief of Corporate Affairs and Community, Jo Kearney, said this was now CUA's ninth year of supporting the School Fun Run.

“The CUA School Fun Runs help kids learn about setting and achieving financial goals and establishing healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives,” she said.