Dad's efforts inspires school to help Katie
AN ARTICLE in the Cornish Guardian about the fundraising efforts of a security consultant whose daughter is affected by a brain disorder has inspired her school to offer its support.
Ian Rutherford is raising money for the Dystonia Society which supports people like his daughter Katie, who was diagnosed with the condition four years ago.
In April he tackled the 550-year-old Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes and his next challenge is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
On Friday, Wadebridge Primary Academy held a fundraising day.
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The charity day was a great success, with the normal timetable abandoned and all subjects took on a fun African theme in order to increase awareness of the Dystonia charity and raise some much-needed funds in the process.
The children dressed in bright colours representing flags from African countries and each of the 450 pupils donated 50p.
Katie's parents, Ian and Sarah, joined the school, visiting the hall and their children's classes to see what was going on.
It also gave Mr Rutherford a chance to say goodbye to his children before leaving for Tanzania and his mountain trek to tackle Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Teacher Gill O'Connor said that each year group devised their own interpretation around Africa. She added: "The Key Stage 2 children used the hall at various times to join in a mass 'steps challenge' to add towards a giant target board of the 38,680 it is estimated it will take to get to the top of Kilimanjaro.
"The hall was alive with the sound of African drums which the children performed as a class.
The Key Stage 1 children utilised the outdoor trim trail, playgrounds and classrooms to add up their steps for the overall target,'' she said.
The lessons on the day included maths, art and design, music and dance and geography, all with an African theme.
Children across the school made African headdresses, used African patterns, used African flags to create maths shapes and performed African dances in the classrooms. In addition, they made maps of Africa in and outside the classroom adding the countries' flags and deserts.
The school was alive with education and laughter all day.
The amount due to be forwarded to the Dystonia Society was estimated at over £240.
As a final message for Ian the children arranged themselves to spell out the words 'good luck' by sitting in the playground to depict an African flag. The school's best wishes are with Ian and his family for his safe trip to Kilimanjaro.