Pedal power

Swan Hill Primary School students Coco Cutri and Reef Mulligan took part in Ride2School day this morning. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Swan Hill Primary School students Coco Cutri and Reef Mulligan took part in Ride2School day this morning. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Children around the Swan Hill region strapped on their bike helmets and got into gear for National Ride2School Day. 

Students from Swan Hill Primary School (SHPS) met with teachers at the Swan Hill Basketball Stadium this morning to walk and ride to school together.

SHPS health promotion co-ordinator Danielle Correnti said parents and younger siblings also joined in the ride.

"Ride2School Day is a great way to promote healthy lifestyles to children," Ms Correnti said.

"It also encourages children to do more physical activity, and is a fun and safe way to get to school."

Every Wednesday the school reward a student from each class for their commitment to walk or ride to school.

"We have a tally that shows how many times a student walks or rides to school each week," she said.

SHPS also collected money through their Ride2School event which they will donate to Declan Foott's Ride to a Cure fund.

Mr Foott attended the school's assembly last week to talk about the journey he will take from Melbourne to Darwin early next month in honour of his mum who lost her battle with cancer.

The trip will take him on a 5800km journey from Melbourne to Darwin, where a research grant will be honoured in his mum's name.

Each year, more than 2000 schools and 350,000 students take part in the Ride2School Day event across Australia.

Swan Hill District Health health promotion officer Chanel Relf said the Ride2School initiative was a great way to promote children's health.

"Ride2School Day is really just a fun and exciting way to promote healthy living," Ms Relf said.

"It's also a chance for children to try walking or riding to school if they're not sure about doing it every day.

"For parents who may be concerned about the safety of their children walking or riding to school, this is a way children to safely try it out."

To read more about this story, grab a copy of Friday's Guardian (March 17).

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