Nelson college students Robie Anderson, Ray Winton, Finlay Black, Latai Rassmussen, Zac Waterman-Thomas, Nicholas Schafer and Alex Bartle are getting set for the annual runathon next week. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Running for students’ lives

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Nelson College boys are preparing to run for a day and night to support their fellow teens suffering in silence.

Chief organiser and head of student council Latai Rassmussen says the fourth annual runathon fundraiser is about raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause.

“We chose the Mental Health Foundation as our charity for the year, we have had mufti days and that money will be combined with the runathon money and be donated.

Latai says they are aiming to raise about $15,000 for the foundation.

“We will start at 3pm on Thursday and the boys will be running overnight for their houses to make sure their baton is constantly going around.”

Anyone can run at any time, but the houses must have at least one runner.

“We will also have a lot of activities going on throughout the day and a concert on Thursday night.”

With the closure of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Latai says it was important that the boys acknowledged the need for mental health services.

“We have been looking at mental health since the start of the year and a lot of the boys have family members affected. Having CAMHS shut down wasn’t helpful, which is why I think a lot of the boys voted for the Mental Health Foundation.”

Latai says students will be approaching business for sponsorship and the public for donations.

“Anyone is welcome to come to the runathon and concert next Thursday, the more the better.”

Anyone willing to contribute to the charitable cause is asked to contact Ron Kelly at Nelson College.

Timetable:
3pm Thursday Sept 13-3pm Friday September 14 – 24hr Runathon.
5-6pm on Thurs 13 Sept – Concert in the Hall. Featuring performances by Maori Performing Arts and Pacifica departments, as well as some other school talent. The community will be able to buy tickets closer to the time.
6-9pm on Thurs 13 Sept – Nelson College Film Festival in the Staff Room. Films from the Media Studies Department.
During the day on Friday 14 Sept – Games on the Front Field. A series of games for students to compete for a gold coin to win prizes (apple bobbing, fishing for a prize, etc). Also planning to have a pig on a spit, so boys can buy lunch and afternoon tea.