HERE WE GO: Excited Gundiah State School students before the fun run and (above left) the school's highest fundraiser, Year 1 student Madyson Kennedy.
HERE WE GO: Excited Gundiah State School students before the fun run and (above left) the school's highest fundraiser, Year 1 student Madyson Kennedy.

Gundiah fun-run result proves healthy

AUSTRALIA'S next sporting superstar may be unearthed at Gundiah State School this year.

When they return to school on Monday, Gundiah students will have access to brand new sporting equipment following a massive fundraising effort from the school community last year.

About 20 students raised $3001 through their School Fun Run last May and received a further $1000 from health insurance company Bupa in recognition of their effort.

The highest fundraising students were Madyson Kennedy (prep to Year 2) and Oliver Westbury (Years 3-6).

Year 1 student Madyson Kennedy was the school's highest fundraiser
Year 1 student Madyson Kennedy was the school's highest fundraiser

The money raised by the students will go towards subsidising a leadership camp for the senior students and future school excursions. The extra $1000 will be used for upgrading sporting equipment and help support school excursions and camps.

Gundiah State School principal Rebecca Brown said she was proud of what the students achieved for the 2016 School Fun Run, both physically and financially.

"I saw students' fitness levels increase and their attitudes towards their personal health improve,” Miss Brown said. "The parent's participation was also commendable. A very proud principal moment.”

Gundiah Parents & Citizens Association secretary and fun-run organiser Sonia Kennedy said students had been training for cross country every morning since the start of the year so were fit and ready for the event in May and then athletics in term 3.

"The students and I set a goal to raise $2500 and I was personally amazed how the community, family and friends supported our students to go above and beyond,” she said.

Bupa's Head of Public Health Zoe Wainer said Bupa was thrilled to award Gundiah State School $1000 for their amazing fitness and fundraising effort.

"And who knows - Australia's next sporting star may be discovered at Gundiah State School,” Dr Wainer said.

Gundiah P&C fundraises heavily to support school purchases, end of year book prizes for every student, school excursions, a leadership camp for senior students, and a highly subsidised camp for Year 3-6 students every three years, allowing them opportunities many would otherwise not get to experience.

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