Mindarie Primary staff find frighteningly good reason to run on Halloween

Mindarie Primary staff find frighteningly good reason to run on Halloween

STAFF from Mindarie Primary School will join a Halloween Fun Run this weekend for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) WA.

Rebranded from the charity’s annual Great Strides Walk-athon, the October 23 event will help raise awareness and funds.

Teacher Hanusia Szczygiel said staff, parents and students would dress up for the event.

“It’s a cause that’s very close to our hearts here – our deputy principal Rebecca Appleton’s son Josh, who is in Year 5, has CF,” she said.

Ms Szczygiel said her other motivation was the death of her sister’s partner, Benjamin Maxey-Nilen, this year.

“It was four weeks before his 21st birthday – he beat two life expectancies,” she said.

The disease primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus.

Fun run participants can run or walk either a 3km or 6km course at Perry Lakes Reserve in Floreat, with a DJ motivating them along the way.

After the run, a spooky carnival will be set up for kids, including a haunted treasure hunt, face painting, stilt walkers, food vans and scary-themed lucky dips.

The top fundraiser so far is Ceri Ovans (28), who has cystic fibrosis and recently received a lung transplant.

Taking part for the first time, the Guildford resident was the first to sign up this year, setting it as a major goal after having the lung transplant in August.

Visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.au.

HALLOWEEN FUN RUN
What: fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis WA
When: Sunday, October 23 from 8am
Where: Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat
More: halloweenrun.com.au