Jump Rope for Heart in full swing

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

IMG_4091Jump Rope for Heart is in full swing at St Mary’s College.

Last Friday (August 4) marked the official launch of our annual fundraising program, where all students received their sponsorship forms and participant ropes.

Our Junior School girls and boys were shown the ropes by National Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer Mitchell Sandridge, and tackled techniques called ‘criss-cross’ and ‘double-under’, before finishing with some long-rope ‘double-Dutch’.

Now in its 34th year, Jump Rope for Heart is an exciting and non-competitive program that encourages children to become more active through skipping, learning new skills and raising vital funds to help the Heart Foundation fight heart disease.

The program will culminate in a special ‘Jump Off Day’ on Thursday 7 September.

Fun fact: Did you know that SMC has raised more money for research into cardiovascular disease than any other Tasmanian school, and even has the mainlanders ‘all tied up’ when it comes to fundraising?

Since we began taking part in Jump Rope for Heart, St Mary’s College has raised more than $80,000, with more than $24,000 in funds raised in 2015 alone. This year, we aim to lift the bar even higher.

“It’s amazing to think that a relatively small Tasmanian school has contributed so much,” Heart Foundation Tasmania chief executive officer, Graeme Lynch, said.

“The money has been vital in supporting research into the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the Australian community, and it’s great that they’re doing it all again this year.

“The kids get to be active and have fun while, at the same time, raising vital funds to help the Heart Foundation fight heart disease.

“It also starts a great conversation about the big impact that heart disease has on Australian families. Students become more aware of its effects and begin to think about how they can look after their own hearts.”

Sponsorship is easy – simply go online to www.jumprope.org.au and click on REGISTER. Once you have completed this step, you can start fundraising and sharing the link with as many people as possible.

For more information about the Jump Rope for Heart program visit the ‘In the School Bag – Latest notices/form’ section on the College website. Happy skipping!

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