St Patrick’s College year 12 students will let their feet do the talking when they participate in the school’s annual Lap it Up fundraiser.
Lap it Up is a modified triathlon, where students participate as a team to swim, bike and run the equivalent distance across Africa to raise funds for charity.
Students get sponsored to cover the laps and can choose which events they would like to participate in.
Lap it Up is in its 11th year and has previously supported St Patrick’s College’s sister school, the Edmund Rice Sinon secondary school, in Arusha, Tanzania.
Lap it Up committee members, and year 12 students, Yhollanda Bart, Damyon Bott and Olivia Cullen said the committee was aiming to have 100 per cent participation from the grade 12 cohort this year.
“Last year we raised $22,000 and so we hope to raise a similar amount this year,” Miss Cullen said.
Funds from this year’s event will be split, with 60 per cent to the Edmund Rice camps and 40 per cent to local Tasmanian charities and causes.
Tasmanian charities supported this year include the Holman Clinic, the Launceston General Hospital children’s ward and The Smith Family.
Launceston and Northern Tasmanian businesses have also come on board to support the fundraiser.
Ms Cullen said the response from businesses had been positive and wanted to thank those who have already come on board.
Some have given monetary donations and others have supplied goods, such as food and drink, to keep the students fed and hydrated during their exertion.
Miss Cullen said it was the first year that the fundraiser would not send 100 per cent of its proceeds to the sister school in Tanzania, but it was for a very good reason.
“The school has been able to become self-sufficient and doesn’t need to be supported anymore,” she said.
St Patrick’s College has been raising money for the sister school since 2007, with staff, students and associates of the school have been collectively donating money to help establish the school.
Funds donated were used to assist in purchasing new resources to educate students.
- Lap it Up will be held at St Patrick’s College on September 6-7.