Moree Secondary College students have raised more than $2,000 for three local causes following a successful colour run.
About 400 people, including staff, students, parents, community members and children, took part in the fundraising colour fun-run, held in September.
A total of $2,020.90 was raised, which will be split between the Moree Secondary College P&C, a Christmas present drive for local families in need and the Moree Drought Muster.
Year seven student Liam Baxter-Tomkins was the highest individual fundraiser, raising an impressive $586.27.
“It was a great, solid effort by Liam,” Moree Secondary College senior leader community engagement Janine French said.
Ms French said the students’ commitment to the fun-run was second to none.
“Our students are so excited about the money they’ve helped raise for refuge Christmas pressies for kids, and they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the school fun-run alongside their peers as they cheered each other on,” she said.
“It was a great sunny day with plenty of colour and afterwards, everyone was washed off by the local fire service.
“I think it was a great event and will be held annually.”
School Fun Run program director, Brendan Hopp said the organisation took great pride in helping schools improve student wellbeing and their learning environment.
“School Fun Run has been supporting schools for more than 30 years,” Mr Hopp said.
“As one of the few school fundraisers in Australia that is purely health based, we love seeing the kids take part as they work on building active and healthy lifestyles.”
280,000 students will take part in the School Fun Run this year. As a collective they will jog 560,000km which is the equivalent of running 13 laps of the world.
In return for their effort, schools are forecasted to raise $6 million this year. To raise the same net profit with junk food, they would need to sell 9 million chocolate bars.
The School Fun-Run program has been running Australia-wide since 1987, with participating schools raising over $94 million in extra funding over that period. The program is the largest fun-run for schools nationally and provides ongoing support for students and families through their online portal to encourage ongoing healthy habits at home.
Moree Secondary College P&C would like to thank all of the sponsors who supported the day.
For more information about School Fun-Run phone 1800 FUN RUN (386 786) or visit www.schoolfundraising.com.au