The Bundaberg school has already raised more than $12,000 since the start of the term and are aiming to beat last year’s fundraising achievement of $20,000.
St Luke’s teacher and event organiser Hayley Russo said the school was hoping to build on last year’s fundraising success.
“For the first time last year we ran Jump Rope for Heart at the school and it was a great way to interact with the community and we raised almost $20,000 and won the best fundraising school in all of Queensland,” Hayley said.
“This year, only four weeks into the event, we’ve already had 152 registrations and raised over $12,000.
“We hope to break last year’s record in both money raised for the Jump Rope for Heart, and kids jumping for fun.”
To help reach that goal, the school was visited by 67-time Australian jump rope champion Luke Boon.
Deputy Head of St Luke’s Primary School, Maryann Baren, said the students had relished the opportunity to learn from Luke.
“They’re being challenged with the skills they’re learning, and having Luke come out has been the cherry on the cake, because he lives and breathes skipping and for the students to see the skipping tricks is a great inspiration for them,” Maryann said.
“There are kids doing skills that you would never believe … preppies that can double Dutch and Luke is really great with the kids, so we’ve been lucky for him to come and spend some time with us.”
Jump Rope for Heart is the Heart Foundation’s skipping and fundraising program run in Australian primary schools throughout the year.
It encourages children to have a positive attitude towards exercise, healthy eating, and heart health, while raising funds to fight heart disease.
Maryann said this particular cause was also close to the school community’s heart.
“It’s a wonderful cause as the Heart Foundation do some great work for people with heart disease and we do have some people within our community so it’s close to home and a big motivator for some of our kids,” Maryann said.
A total of 71 Queensland primary schools are taking part in Jump Rope in Term 3.
Since 1983, schools participating in Jump Rope for Heart have raised more than $104 million to help fight heart disease – Australia’s single biggest killer.