A few weeks ago, Year 6 student Aidan Parfitt shared with the 6D class, his little brother Kai’s battle with cancer. It was an emotional story which left the class of 20 boys determined to make a difference. At first, all they wanted to do was shave their heads as a sign of support for their classmate and Kai. After some deep thinking and a big brain storm, it was decided that the best way to raise money and awareness, as well as show our support to the Nell family, was to conduct a Lap-a-thon.
The Lap-a-thon idea took off and the boys soon decided upon a bike ride, run and swim. They made posters and flyers to distribute to family and friends. They pounded the streets and gathered pledges for each lap they could complete. They had to complete as many 2km laps on the bike as they could in 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes running around the oval and 15 minutes of laps in the pool. Family and friends were quick to respond with some amazing pledges coming in. The feeling of absolute determination was in the air, and each boy could feel the difference they were about to make.
All of this hard work culminated yesterday lunchtime when the boys took to their challenge. By the end of the Lap-a-thon, the whole class rode, ran and swam over 191 kilometres. Each boy completed an average 6.9km on the bike, ran 2.4km and swam 575m. The look of determination and courage was etched onto the faces of all as they pushed themselves beyond their comfort zone to raise as much money as possible.
We will count up the money raised over the next couple of days and look forward to sharing this with the Guildford Grammar School community during Friday’s Crazy Hair Day Assembly.
We are all so very proud of these caring, determined boys, all living up the School's purpose of creating a just, loving and peaceful society.