Students get “coloured” for a cause

By Kimberly Pursell*

RESEARCH suggests young people like events that are full of energy, have a fun vibe, combine music and connect to a community or global cause.

So in 2017, Ogilvie High School (OHS) tried something different to fit in with our new school values – community, character and growth – and bring the traditional cross country run into the 21st century with a more modern fit.

On Friday 2 June, Ogilvie High School conducted the inaugural MS Colour Run, which was organised by assistant principal Andrew Moore and his grade 9/10 sports pathway class.

The colour run was compulsory for all students at OHS and had a community focus with several options to suit everyone’s tastes and interests.

For a gold coin donation that would go toward the MS Foundation, students wore white and were covered in a cornflour-like powder in the colours of yellow, orange, green, baby blue, blue, pink and fluoro pink.

Students who did not wish to be “coloured” or who were not wearing old clothes, simply took part in the run and those who participated reported an amazing, colourful and exciting day full of good vibes and happiness.

Following the MS Colour Run, students with a more competitive edge participated in the Xtreme Cross Country, a more traditional cross-country event.

The first 10 students home in each grade group were selected for the “Inter High” team for the Inter School event, which was held in early June.

The students raised more than $1,200 through gold coin donations and a sausage sizzle and presented the funds to Angela Anderson from the MS Society at an Assembly on 9 June.

Overall, it was a fantastic day that everyone enjoyed.

On behalf of the sports pathways class, we would like to thank everyone that donated and participated, helping raise awareness of MS.

We will have another event in August – a Wear Red Free Dress Day – to coincide with the MS Readathon.

*Kimberly Pursell is a grade nine student at Ogilvie High School.

Caption: Ogilvie High School students were “coloured” for a gold coin donation during the school’s recent Colour Fun Run, which raised funds for the MS Foundation.

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