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Local schools pledge to get active

Students have hit the ground running for Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Active August campaign with dozens of schools taking the pledge to get active by running, walking, riding or roller-skating.

GPC’s month-long fitness initiative officially kicked off this week with 26 schools across Gladstone onboard.

Over the month of August, schools have been challenged by GPC to ‘walk to destinations around the world’ by counting their steps.

Schools will benefit from Active August with $26,000 worth in funding from GPC to help encourage healthier lifestyles and invest in sporting equipment and upgrades.

Gladstone South State School’s running club membership has doubled since the launch of Active August.

Principal Pat Dendrinos said the initiative has motivated students and teachers to clock up the kilometres.

“We have a map of the world hanging up so students can see how far they are travelling and they are actually learning about geography whilst getting active,” Ms Dendrinos said.

“I don’t know why we didn’t think of this idea!”

People, Community and Sustainability General Manager Rowen Winsor said she was proud to see so many schools taking part in the event and embracing the steps challenge.

“Our schools are a big part of our local community and to see so many principals taking the Active August pledge is very exciting,” Ms Winsor said.

“I know students are determined to reach their goals and we’re looking forward to seeing how many steps they’ve accomplished by the end of the month and how far they’ve walked across the globe.”

As part of Active August, GPC is supporting the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre with $20,000 worth of funding which will go towards their ‘Drift into the Future’ program, assisting with the purchase of kayaks and canoe equipment.

Follow GPC on Facebook or visit their website for more information on how to get involved in Active August.