Nathalia Students Raise Thousands for Heart Foundation
Jump Rope for Heart is a physical activity and fundraising program that schools in Australia have the opportunity to participate in each year. Students are sponsored to complete skipping rope challenges, and the money they raise is donated to The Heart Foundation.
The eleven students in years 3-6 from the Glenvale Campus of Nathalia in country Victoria embraced this challenge with enthusiasm. They tirelessly collected donations and sponsorship throughout May 2014. Much of this came from family and friends, but the wider community also contributed.
The students devoted their PE lessons, recesses, lunchbreaks, and any other spare time, to perfecting their skipping techniques. The Jump Rope for Heart Organisation promotes skipping as an excellent way to improve cardiac health and fitness levels, and the children found this was definitely the case as their skills improved!
Underestimating his students’ capabilities, the Campus Co-ordinator, Mr Reno Lia, promised to wear a red dress to school if they hit a target of $1000.00. He kept his part of the bargain and certainly looked red when their efforts raised $4420.85!
The intensive program culminated in a display of innovative skipping moves and games. After the performance, the students and their teacher presented the gift cheque to the Heart Foundation. The local media visited the school and reported on the presentation, so the whole community learned about the 11 students who had raised so much money.
These much needed funds will support ongoing research into heart disease and will help to provide care for people affected by this disease.