Orroroo Area School students have raised $1,246 for their school after hosting a CUA School Fun Run earlier this year.
In the lead-up to the event, school students pounded the pavement and raised funds online by seeking sponsorship from their local community.
CUA School Fun Run organiser, Emily, 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," said Emily.
"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 and promote ongoing healthy habits at home.
The School Fun Run program has been running Australia-wide 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 the credit union’s ninth year of supporting the School Fun Run and she was proud that CUA had stepped up its commitment in 2017 as the major sponsor.
"CUA supports our members to reach their financial goals and look after their health needs.
“Similarly, the CUA School Fun Runs help kids learn about setting and achieving financial goals and establishing healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives," Ms Kearney said.
Other schools can find more information on hosting a CUA School Fun Run, or register their interest online at www.schoolfundraising.com.au.