Hastings Public School students have raised $34,174.03 for their school after hosting a CUA School Fun Run July 26.
In the lead-up to the event, students pounded the pavement and raised funds online by seeking sponsorship from their local community.
CUA School Fun Run organiser, Meredith, said the teachers were excited to get behind a fundraising activity that promoted such a healthy interaction with the community and taught kids about setting and achieving financial goals.
"Not only could everyone get out of the classroom and exercise, but the students were keen to set and meet their fundraising targets so they could earn prizes like scooters and sporting equipment which of course promote further healthy activity," she said.
"Parents enthusiastically supported the initiative as it steered their kids away from traditional fundraising efforts which often involve selling junk food.”
The CUA School Fun Run program also provides students and families with additional tools and practical advice from the online health hub to encourage ongoing healthy habits at home.
The program has been running in Australia since 1987, with participating schools raising over $90 million in extra funding over that period.
Many schools rely on this additional revenue to enhance facilities and upgrade school equipment and supplies.
CUA Chief of Corporate Affairs and Community, Jo Kearney, said this was now CUA's ninth year of supporting the School Fun Run.
“I am proud that CUA had stepped up its commitment in 2017 as the major sponsor,” she said.
"CUA supports our members to reach their financial goals and look after their health needs. Similarly, the fun runs help kids learn about setting and achieving financial goals and establishing healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.”
Other schools can find more information on hosting a CUA School Fun Run, or register their interest at www.schoolfundraising.com.au