Thu, June 27, 2019

On Monday afternoon, Year 5 Sheldon College students participated in a College Walkathon as part of their fundraising endeavour to support the Brisbane-based charity, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.

This association is a not-for-profit organisation that has been helping local Queenslanders facing life with a disability still lead active lifestyles and work towards achieving their sporting dreams since 1977.

 Throughout Term 2 the Year 5 students have been working towards actively doing nice things for others and ultimately decided that supporting a charity such as this one could create incredibly positive outcomes for a number of people.

 Mitch McCracken, Wheelchair Rugby athlete and member of Sporting Wheelies, visited the College on the afternoon of the walkathon. Before sounding the starting siren, he spoke to the students about what he does and therefore how the possibilities made available by the charity continue to give him opportunities he otherwise may not have.

 “It is definitely wonderful to see children get behind a mission such as ours. It really helps out our association and assists us in making active goals achievable for others,” said Mitch.   

Mr Anthony Sharp, Academic Staff and Head of Year 5 was impressed with the dedication of the students in wanting to raise funds for this worthy cause.

“The day proceeded really well.  Our theme for the year has been positivity - where the focus is on ‘What can I do as opposed to what I can't.’ It reaffirmed this message as well as creating a sense of personal and emotional strength and self-worth by actively doing something positive for others.  As a result of the Cake Sale in the morning, and the generous donations from the Walkathon, we raised a total of $910!  

Our parents and students give a lot to the College, so we were incredibly proud of them to demonstrate such generosity,” stated Mr Sharp.

 The Year 5 students look forward to presenting the money raised to Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association on assembly on Friday 2 August.