Yidarra Primary school students lap up Olympic swimmer’s visit at fun run

Yidarra Catholic Primary students Kaj Winfield, Charlie Winfield, Ari Lindner and Olivia Vahala caught up with Olympian Eamon Sullivan at the school’s fun run.
Yidarra Catholic Primary students Kaj Winfield, Charlie Winfield, Ari Lindner and Olivia Vahala caught up with Olympian Eamon Sullivan at the school’s fun run.

OLMYPIC swimmer Eamon Sullivan swapped his Speedos for sand shoes as part of the Yidarra Catholic Primary School fun run on Tuesday.

Participating in the Credit Union Australia (CUA) School Fun Run program for the second consecutive year, Yidarra Catholic Primary was aiming to match last year’s fundraising total of $20,000.

The money will be put towards two planned nature playgrounds, which have been designed using the money from last year’s fun run.

In the lead up to the event students rounded up sponsorships and donations from their families, friends and neighbours.

Sullivan then made a special guest appearance on the day, cheering on the runners and greeting them at the finish line.

“The CUA School Fun Run is a great program because it empowers primary and high school students to raise much needed funds for their schools and communities, while teaching kids about setting and achieving financial goals, all in a healthy, active environment,” Sullivan said.

“I’m excited to see the kids enjoying their sport and combining it with an opportunity to raise some funds for their school.”

Yidarra Catholic Primary Parents and Friends Association secretary Lisa Lindner said students had four weeks to raise money and the had half an hour to complete as many laps as possible.

She said the total cost of the nature playgrounds was around $100,000 and that the school was still on the hunt for additional donations and sponsorships.