Students at Booval’s Sacred Heart Parish School have staged their own Run4Fun Colour Explosion event, delivering a massive windfall to fund much needed amenities at the school. Having raised only $3,000 from a Walkathon last year, the Ipswich school decided on the colour run this year.
Grey skies and rain at the start of the event didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of kids, teachers and volunteers taking part, with runners starting off in clean whites only to be ambushed by volunteers squirting colour powder from both sides of the track. After just one lap all runners were colour saturated, peering through dust-covered sunglasses.
The students got their own back in the final heat of the day when the teachers and staff took to the track, having to run the gauntlet of delighted students spraying them with as much colour powder as possible. The cloud of non-toxic colour powder permeated every area of the oval.
The highly successful event produced enough cash profit to fund a much-needed STEM lab, play equipment and shade trees for the sports oval.
Parents & Friends Association President Kate Bradford said the event was a record fundraising result in the school’s rich 87-year history.
“There was a real buzz around the school and excitement about who was at the top of the fundraising leaderboard,” Ms Bradford said. “We were hoping for $10,000 and we have absolutely exceeded that so far.”
At the top of the fundraising leaderboard is Year 6 student Lachlan Cuskelly who has raised $1,500. The students were encouraged to aim high thanks to a great range of prizes including a motorised scooter, virtual reality goggles and a drone.
Ms Bradford attributes the event’s profitability success to engaging a professional fundraiser. “The kids have also been well rewarded for their hard work; there’s no way we could have provided the level of prizes without partnering with a professional fundraiser.”
Australian Fundraising General Manager Robert Gaydon said the Run4Fun Colour Explosion is its most popular event, bringing in significant funds for schools across Australia, including $1.65 million raised to date in 2018.