Students take pollies for a spin

THINGS were in a real “spin” at Parliament House recently when students from Lansdowne Crescent Primary School joined forces with Triple M’s Dave Noonan and Al Plath to take on state politicians in a “kids versus pollies” spin-off.

The fidget spinner competition acted as a fundraising event for Give Me 5 For Kids, with the politicians making a donation every time they lost a competition.

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said the Lansdowne Crescent students “dominated” in the contests for the best and longest spin.

“They demonstrated their mastery of the latest schoolyard craze, but it was all just a bit of light-hearted fun to raise money for a very good cause,” she said.

“I would like to personally thank Dave Noonan and all his colleagues for the tireless work they do encouraging the community to take part in fundraising activities.

“I was delighted to have the support of the Premier, Deputy Premier and other parliamentary colleagues for this wonderful cause.”

Give Me 5 for Kids raises vital funds for facilities and services for children at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Children’s Ward.

The charity’s ambassador, Dave Noonan, said the amount raised for the cause last year totalled more than $408,000.

He said this was a “fantastic effort” by southern Tasmania and that the charity was now aiming for around the same total again this year.

“Every dollar raised in the south of the state goes directly to the RHH Children’s Ward and associated departments to purchase equipment that is requested specifically by the doctors and nursing staff,” he said.

Items on the wish list this year include a Scanner Voluson E10 (costing $120,000) to carry out OB/GYN imaging with more clarity, speed and flexibility and an ultrasound machine for bedside clinical use (costing $65,000), as the current machine is more than 10-years-old and out-dated.

For more information about Give Me 5 For Kids, visit www.giveme5forkids.com.au.

Caption: From left, Liberal Member for Franklin Nic Street, Liberal Member for Braddon Adam Brooks, Triple M’s Al Plath, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, Triple M’s Dave Noonan, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Liberal Member for Braddon Roger Jaensch.

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