Pupils organise charity run



Four Clutha young people have banded together to raise money for a good cause.

Jessie O’Hara (13), Holly Davidson (12), Ashlyn Cloete (13) and Leticia Cochrane (13), of Balclutha Primary School, are organising a run-and-walk event to raise money for the Cancer Society.

“We wanted to do a project that would help people in the community,” Jessie said.

“We know a lot of people who have been affected by cancer or died of it, so the Cancer Society seemed like a good choice to support.”

Principal Paddy Ford said he was proud of the pupils and that “they’ve put in a lot of work on this”.

The girls used their school’s weekly “genius hour”, along with extra time on weekends, to find a suitable course, talk to sponsors, conduct risk analysis and advertise their event.

Holly said most of the elements were already in place for the big day.

“It’s a 3km run at the Balclutha Showgrounds.

“We’ve got the registration tables and prizes all organised.”

Ashlyn said while the project had taken a lot of organisation, it had been enjoyable and educational.

“Everyone has been really helpful. We’ve had support from BNZ and Yamaha and lots of other places,” she said.

“The Cancer Society supplied us with T-shirts and let us use their logo.”

Parent Raelene O’Hara gave some guidance to the pupils, but said they did most of the work themselves.

“They had to create volunteer forms, organise safety briefings, go and talk to people,” Mrs O’Hara said.

“I think if they had known how much work it would be beforehand they might not have wanted to do it. But they’ve done wonderfully.

“I’ve only been there to keep them on track.”

The team had the help of Sport Clutha regional co-ordinator Craig Gordon to go over what it would take to organise the event.

“I took them through risk analysis and making everything safe,” Mr Gordon said.

“I think they got a good idea how much it takes to run an event these days.”

It was good to see young people becoming involved in fundraising, he said.

have had an idea like they had is awesome.

“They’ve done a great job so far and everyone is talking about it. If they have good weather on the day it should be a good turnout.”

The run is on Sunday at 11am at the Balclutha Showgrounds.

Participants are asked to wear a piece of yellow clothing.