Brodie Esmond, Pip Thornberry, Happy Heart, Cody Mott and Josh Winkcup.
Brodie Esmond, Pip Thornberry, Happy Heart, Cody Mott and Josh Winkcup.

Students skip class for a healthier heart

STUDENTS at Emerald State School were given a jump-start to their day yesterday by the Jump Rope for Heart team.

The school joined the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart program to have a healthy jump around while raising money for the foundation.

Jump Rope for Heart state co-ordinator Rachael Moni spoke to students at assembly about the importance of a healthy heart and was joined by mascot Happy Heart.

“I talked to children about the important work of looking after their heart and others’ by raising awareness and money for the Heart Foundation,” she said. “It’s a fantastic initiative for schools to be involved in. It’s great for confidence, strength, co-ordination, teamwork skills, cardiovascular health and fitness and heart health knowledge.”

Rachael had the students jumping with joy during the workshops she ran, teaching the children new skipping skills.

Students were encouraged to click, flick and skip, by visiting the website to start fundraising, sending emails to friends and family asking them to sponsor efforts and continue skipping to keep a healthy heart.

“They raised around $8000 last year and are hoping to do better this year,” Rachael said. “We encourage other schools to register.”


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