Kids skip to it in a hearty fundraise effort
GETTING active and having fun was on the agenda for the Scots PGC College students yesterday, as they participated in their first Jump Rope for Heart.
Head of Health and HPE Jonathan Fender said the day was a big success.
"The kids are having a good time," he said.
"It's not only a good cause but it's a great activity to promote physical wellbeing.
"It's being healthy and having fun.
"The kids get into it really easily, and they're developing their skills at the same time."
It's the 30th anniversary of Jump Rope for Heart this year, and the Scots PGC College had a target of raising $2000 for the Heart Foundation.
There has been an overwhelming response, and it looks as though they might raise closer to a total of $3000.
"The kids go online and raise money through the Jump Rope for Heart website, or they bring money in the sponsorship envelopes," Mr Fender said.
Five-year-old prep student Stevie Collins said it was important to exercise "so you don't die".
"You get a healthy heart," she said.
Pearce Berreen-Keogh, 12, said he was enjoying the activities.
"You get fit and raise money for the Heart Foundation," he said.
Fellow classmate Jasmine Alexanderson agreed, and said skipping was "a good way to keep active".
Dakota Goldsmith said she liked making new friends during the whole school event.
"You get to socialise with the younger grades," she said.