The Active Schools Challenge is a fun and active way to raise funds for your school while encouraging kids to get moving. The Challenge encourages friends and family to sponsor kids for being active every day during ‘Active August’.
The Physical Activity Foundation (PAF) provides all the tools and support schools or P&Cs will need to run the Challenge and make it fun to be involved. It is a healthy way to make valuable funds for projects which promote physical activity. Over 75% of all funds raised go straight back to the school, helping build the capacity to keep kids active all year round.
With alarming childhood overweight and obesity statistics, encouraging children to be active is a national priority. We all want kids to lead healthier lives and avoid lifestyle diseases and illness such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.
Kids should be active for at least 60 minutes every day and PAF has designed the Active Schools Challenge to make it easy for your school community to support kids to reach this target during Active August.
Registration for the Challenge is now open (there is a registration fee of $150). Kids receive an Active Schools Challenge wrist band, Active August Activity Tracker and plenty of encouragement to be active during Active August!
Schools get access to an easy to use, online fundraising program which encourages kids to be active for 60 minutes a day. Teachers receive great in-class resources and tips on physical activity and games.
Friends and family can sponsor kids in the event via an easy to use online fundraising platform.
PAF, a Canberra-based charity and health promotion agency, also receives funds to continue its important work in developing and delivering preventative health programs such as the walk and ride to school program. ●
This article appeared in ParentACTion, Term 2, 2017.