St Benedicts Primary school students (from left) Benn Shambrook (11), Ella Carter (12) and Bryn Callaghan (11) were among students who took part in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.
St Benedicts Primary school students (from left) Benn Shambrook (11), Ella Carter (12) and Bryn Callaghan (11) were among students who took part in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Chris Ison

Students have gone skip crazy

THESE students have gone skipping crazy.

Yeppoon’s St Benedict’s Catholic Primary students like Benn Shambrook, Ella Carter and Bryn Callaghan can’t get enough of the sport since they skipped their hearts out to raise funds for the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program.

The school was the first in Queensland to choose to take a completely online approach to fundraising, and managed to raise almost $5500.

Physical education teacher Shane Peers yesterday said the kids loved to skip and compete in the fundraising competition, and were even jumping at lunch times and at home.

“We broke them up into different groups and each group had different skills and could do tricks like criss-crossing and backwards skipping,” he said.

“We had a jump off day where they skipped and danced to music, they loved it.”

He said the school managed to raise over $1000 more than last year and found the online method was easier and required less paperwork and door knocking.

“The Jump Rope program is great as the children get the opportunity to develop different skills associated with skipping, work as a team and also raise money for a very worthwhile cause,” he said.

Grade 7 student Ella said she and her younger sister had lots of skipping ropes at home and used them almost every day.

She said she could now do many tricks, and could even skip down stairs.

“It was great to do something so fun for a good cause,” she said.

Bryn said he raised $70 and competed with his friends and two younger brothers to see who could raise the most money.

He said it was good fun to get active and skip and he practiced often at home.

Jump Rope for Heart is in its 27th year.



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