Banora Point High School students Ben Seddon, Tiana Chudleigh, Jay Wilson, Chelsea Way and Hayden Bitmead.
Banora Point High School students Ben Seddon, Tiana Chudleigh, Jay Wilson, Chelsea Way and Hayden Bitmead. Crystal Spencer

Exercise is sweet for fundraisers

BANORA Point High School is swapping chocolate selling for fun runs in a bid to keep students healthy and happy.

In doing so the high school earns a chance to share in $16,000 cash courtesy of Credit Union Australia.

CUA has made this money available to schools leading the way by replacing the traditional chocolate drive with healthy options like a fun run for the benefit of the whole school community.

Banora Point High School principal June Rogan said the school promoted healthy activities for the students.

“Physical exercise makes your brain and body work better and it makes you feel great,” Ms Rogan said.

“We are trying to develop healthy habits for the students. This is important because the rate of childhood obesity is rising.”

Ms Rogan said physical activities were worked into the students’ everyday school routine.

“We hold our annual fun run each year and we have lots of sports activities and participate in programs like jump rope for heart,” Ms Rogan said.

“The students seem to enjoy it and both staff and students participated in the fun run. It was a lovely day.”

The School Fun Run Program provides an avenue for schools and community groups to raise money while encouraging students to take part in healthy outdoor activities.

Banora Point High School fun run organiser Jessica Dreyer said she was proud of the way the students rallied behind the fundraiser. Jett Lauder received a high-achievement medal for his effort of raising $61.60.

The students will continue to use physical activity in its fundraising efforts in what has to be a win-win situation.



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