Little hearts beating

SKIPPY: Charlotte Bell, 7, Jacob McLachlan, 5, and Lachlan Righton, 7, have been practising hard for Casuarina Primary School's jump rope for heart on October 28.

SKIPPY: Charlotte Bell, 7, Jacob McLachlan, 5, and Lachlan Righton, 7, have been practising hard for Casuarina Primary School's jump rope for heart on October 28.

MORE than 350 little hearts will be skipping a beat over the next couple of weeks as Casuarina Street Primary School students pick up their skipping ropes to raise funds.

The students have already been raising money for the Heart Foundation through the Jump Rope for Heart program.

The much loved Heart Foundation event is aimed at promoting cardiovascular health, fitness and knowledge while raising funds to combat health disease.

With one in four Australian children being overweight or obese and more than 80 per cent not active enough, it’s more important than ever for students to get involved in physical activity at school.

Australia’s number one killer remains, heart disease

Following the success of last year’s preschool class fundraising effort of $3534, this year the school aims to do bigger and better with the whole school participating in this year’s event with the aim to become the NT’s highest ever fundraiser.

It is a record which stands from 2002. So far more than $3700 has been raised online with more than a week still to go before the “jump off” day on Friday, October 28.

Last week three of the school’s little skipping stars went through their paces preparing the big day.

“If I get through 10 in a row I’m pretty happy,” seven-year-old Lachlan Righton said.

Jacob McLachlan, aged 5, had plenty of height, enthusiasm but not the same staying power.

Charlotte Bell, 7, was able to keep a steady pace without stopping.

The students can’t wait to show off their skipping skills. and parents adn teachers are prouid of their fundraising efforts that will be used to fight heart disease for the Heart Foundation and have planned an exciting day to celebrate their success.

The students have also been set the challenge of being the highest fundraiser in each of their classes, with the winners  competing to waterbomb the school’s principal. John Cleary.

If you are interested in following the school’s progress or would like to donate towards the cause people can follow the link towards the school’s fundraising page – http://jumprope.everydayhero.do/jumprope2016/?group=Casuarina-Street-Primary-School-KATHERINE-NT-116113

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