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John Paul II students run for funds

JOHN Paul II Primary School students pounded the pavement on April Fools Day to stretch their legs and help raise funds for the school as part of the Adidas School Fun Run.

Through sponsorships from friends, family and the local community, the students raised nearly $600 to go towards purchasing a new school barbecue, Lego Robotics kits and ICT resources, including new laptops.

John Paul II Primary School principal Fran Bearman said the school had been participating in the event every second year for the past six years.

“It was a great community event on a mild autumn evening that promoted health and activity,” she said.

Commencing at 5pm, the event, which is organised by the school’s Parents and Friends committee, included a staggered start to enable all the children to use John Paul II’s school bike track to run and walk.

“Although some children were unable to attend the event, they could still fundraise and completed their laps during school hours the following week,” Ms Bearman said.

Following the fun run, the school hosted a range of parent/child activities including tug-of-war and tunnel ball relays.

Adidas School Fun Run organiser Deidre Francis said the teachers and students at John Paul II Primary School were excited to once again get behind the fundraising activity “with a difference”.

“The fun run meant that everyone could get out of the classroom and the students were keen to show off their sporting skills,” she said.

“Parents also enthusiastically supported the initiative as it steered students away from traditional fundraising events that centered around junk food.”

The Adidas School Fun Run program has been operating Australia-wide since 1987, with participating schools raising more than $85 million in extra funding.

Caption: John Paul II Primary School students, from left, Eli Headlam, grade two, Sebastian Leppard, grade three, and Max Obrien, grade one, on the move during the Adidas School Fun Run.