Middle Harbour have been alongside Team Vista for many years now. The continued support by students, families and the wider Middle Harbour family has been significant, and greatly appreciated by Team Vista. The families, students and Middle Harbour community, in different fundraising ventures have raised well over $10 000.
Students have gone far and beyond, often sacrificing birthdays and pocket money. Mrs Kerry Frost (Team Vista Director & Middle Harbour School Teacher) rarely has a week where a student has not brought in some money, either from a fundraising effort, such as busking or from a sacrificial gesture as mentioned before.
What have the students been up to this year? A few words from Kerry Frost...
Before the holidays, we held our annual Harmony Day at Middle Harbour. The children all bought in a gold coin, with the SRC running a cake stall as well. The money raised went to our charity school in Kaloleni, Moshi Tanzania. Last year I took a small group of students from MH and ex students with their parents over to visit the community in Tanzania. The school had raised around $2000 which was to be used to help the Primary school in Kaloleni to buy books.On visiting the school, our year 6 girl handed over the money to the Head Teacher, however Rachel (Principal) explained that the students really needed food more than books as most of them were coming to school hungry.That money was enough to feed close to 700 children a daily bowl of makanda..a mixture of beans for the year!
From Harmony day this year the children raised $1600. One of my year 3 boys, Mitchell and his mum also made bracelets and key rings which raised another $200. One little year 2 boy Alfie bought in all his really good second hand picture books and sold them to Kindy parents and raised another $200!!
I am also getting money left in my Moshi money box weekly and the little ones set up stalls on the weekends selling cup cakes etc.
Two other amazing families split the costs of purchasing a photocopier for the Primary school in Kaloleni. (Team Vista are organising electricity to go into one of the rooms for the photocopier)
The children at Middle Harbour are absolutely amazing!!
On the 17th of May Mimi and Philippa (parents from Middle Harbour) ran the Great Wall of China Marathon, and they made it! In doing so, they raised an incredible $5220 for Team Vista. A huge thank you to the pair for supporting Team Vista and for their determined and heroic efforts on the Great Wall.
Some words from the girls themselves:
A big thank you for your donations and a brief update. On the 17th of May 2014 we ran the Great Wall Marathon in Beijing.
A forty two kilometre run in total with 8.5 km on the Wall, 26 km through the villages and in case we thought it was going to be an easy run in, another 8.5km on the wall to finish.
It is a challenging course. A very early start running up hill 5km through a village. The locals, both kids and adults where very
excited to see us and even a few startled goats joined us briefly on the run. We got to the first tower of the wall, this is where the now infamous steps started a total of 5176 all up.
The event is a series of loops passing back through the start. Once back at the forte we ran 26 km to the first village again, the kids were there lots of them and still very excited to see us. All running in front and giving us high 5's on the way, one little boy give me bunch of flowers, very cute!
You travel up and down the wall passing 10 towers throughout the day. Some parts of the wall can only fit one person at a time whilst other parts required use of new found running techniques. Parts of the wall are steep enough that bum on the step and hands on the rail was the safest way down.
We managed to avoid the cramps and finish very tired, overall an amazing experience, loved it all the way!!
Kaloleni Primary School were simply delighted to receive their first (new!) photocopier. Many thanks to the Leach and Dimos Families - from Middle Harbour Public School. The teachers at Kaloleni are so excited to use their printer - so much time will be saved!
Two of our brilliant supporters, Mimi and Philippa are raising money for Team Vista by running the Great Wall of China Marathon on the 17th of May. Mimi and Philippa have been part of a team from Middle Harbour Primary School that has been raising money for Team Vista for over 5 years. This year the school has already raised $1800 towards food for the Kaloleni Primary School in Tanzania and other generous parents have provided a photocopier for the school.
As part of their “midlife crisis”, Mimi and Philippa decided to do something extra special so signed up for the marathon, a gruelling run that follows the wall and includes lots of uphill battles. Mimi and Philippa are avid Team Vista supporters, already sponsoring children in the Tanzanian community. No doubt this is a huge undertaking and Team Vista wishes the ladies all the best on their adventure. They will proudly wear their Team Vista T-shirts and have all of Middle Harbour School’s support behind them. You can support Mimi and Philippa by donating here.
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