Health lesson for children

Picture: file pic.
Picture: file pic.

The Amanda Young Foundation ran the annual Kiddy Canter, during which Melrose Mare taught children to stamp out bad bugs and stay healthy through hygiene.

Parents also received information about the symptoms of the disease, a rare but deadly bacterial infection that can spread via respiratory droplets.

Symptoms can include sensitivity to light, fatigue, severe headaches or pain in arms, legs, joints or stomach, shivering, chills, cold hands or feet, nausea, vomiting, fever and a rash that can start off looking like a pimple or faint pinpricks and develop into purple blotches.

The Foundation, a not-for-profit charity set up in 1998 in memory of Amanda Young, who died at 18 from meningococcal disease, hopes that by raising awareness it will save lives.

The Kiddy Canter is provided free of charge to childcare centres and kindergartens thanks to donations from the public and funding from Telethon.

For more information, visit amanda youngfoundation.org.au.