CHILDREN at St Joseph’s Primary School put their walking shoes on last week for a good cause.
The school’s grade six leadership team held a walkathon to raise funds for Peter’s Project.
In February this year, St Joseph’s 12 school captains took part in a Student Leaders Congress held at Deakin University. They joined pupil leadership teams from all primary schools around the district with the aim of the day for each school to come up with a fund-raising event for Peter’s Project.
The St Joseph’s leadership team came up with the concept of a walkathon which would include all 570 pupils at the school.
The leadership team was set the task of working with staff members to organise the walkathon with two of the school captains, Katelyn Grant and Sam Graham, given the job of dealing with the media.
Katelyn said organising the walkathon had been a good challenge.
“We decided to do a walkathon because we thought it would be a fun thing for all the school to take part in,” Katelyn said.
“We met with our school principal and we had help from our Young Vinnies group which is made up of grade five and six students.
“And we had a couple of people who had family members who had cancer come and talk to us about their experiences.”
Sam said the leadership team contacted the police to let them know the walkathon was happening and what streets it would take in.
“It has been an interesting process organising it all and each student has brought along a gold coin donation to Peter’s Project to take part in the walkathon,” Sam said.
“Next week we will count up how much we have raised and do a review of how it all went.”