Splash of colour for a cause

December 3, 2021 BY

Blaze of glory: Delacombe Primary School principal Scott Phillips runs a gauntlet of colour set by pupils from the class that raised the most money. Photo: ALISTAIR FINLAY

COLOURFUL is the best way to describe Delacombe Primary School’s recent fundraising effort.

The event, known as a colour fun run, was aimed at funding the upcoming grade 6 graduation, and the Energy Breakthrough team – the school’s pedal powered endurance challenge squad.

As part of the event pupils ran a lap of the oval while being covered in dry dyes and paints.

Just to make things more challenging for local washing machines, Sebastopol Fire Brigade was on hand to hose the students down and let the colours soak in.

In the wash up, the colour run was so successful the school has been able to make an additional $1000 donation to the 3BA Christmas Appeal.

“We’ve been really surprised as to how much money this event’s generated,” said principal Scott Phillips.

“When it did generate so many funds for the school we thought it was certainly worthwhile donating some of that to an organisation.

“It’s been great to get it in the school calendar and something we’ll continue to do.”

With the whole school community out on Doug Dean Reserve for the event – that’s about 500 students, plus teaches and support staff, as well as family and friends – Mr Phillips said the colour run was as much about getting together as it was fundraising.

“We haven’t really been able to do much as a school this year, so the fact that we’re able to do it now is fantastic,” he said.

“Given the year we had, we had to postpone the event initially, but we’ve been looking forward to today where we could still squeeze it in before the year is over.”

Mr Phillips was also keen to acknowledge the wider community’s role in the success of the school’s colour run.

“Just a big thanks to the Delacombe community and businesses in terms of getting behind this and making sure it was a great day, but more importantly a good fundraiser,” he said.