Weetwood Primary School’s year one children recently embarked on a remarkable challenge, running a mini marathon over the course of seven days to contribute to the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal.
Inspired by the incredible achievements of Rob Burrow, a Leeds Rhinos legend and his ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds for the MND (Motor Neurone Disease) community, the children demonstrated their support as part of their R.E. (Religious Education) curriculum. Notably, one of the school’s house teams is even named after the esteemed Rhinos player.
Sara Westlake, Deputy Head Teacher at Weetwood, expressed her awe and pride in the children’s dedication and determination during this extraordinary endeavour. Initially conceived as a small fundraiser, closely tied to the children’s lessons on caring for others, the challenge far surpassed expectations.
Westlake commended the youngsters, stating, “They have shown huge amounts of resilience, determination, and kindness throughout each mile they have run. We are so proud of them.” The enthusiasm generated by the Rob Burrow Marathon, which took place within their local community, fueled the children’s passion to support the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal.
This week, Aidan Sezer and David Fusitu’a, celebrated players from the Rhinos, visited Weetwood Primary School to personally congratulate the children on their outstanding efforts. Joined by Schools & Engagement Lead Ian Wilson, the Rhinos stars commended the young runners for their dedication and commitment to making a positive impact.
Wilson expressed his delight in supporting the children’s cause, emphasizing their inspirational contributions at such a tender age. He remarked, “It is inspiring to see children who are so young making such a positive difference and for the determination and hard work they have shown in doing it.”
The Weetwood Primary School children have already raised an impressive sum of over £1,500 for the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal. Those interested in supporting their noble cause can contribute via the Just Giving page linked below. The funds raised will aid the ongoing efforts to support individuals affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
Sara Westlake, in her commitment to the cause, is personally fundraising for Leeds Hospitals Charity, further exemplifying the dedication and compassion within the school community.
The school children and their families are eagerly anticipating their attendance at the upcoming match against Huddersfield next month. To secure tickets for this exciting event, please visit tickets.therhinos.co.uk.
The Weetwood Primary School children have proven that even the youngest members of our community possess the power to effect positive change. Their unwavering determination and remarkable fundraising efforts are a testament to their compassion and empathy. Together, they are making a significant impact in support of the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal, providing hope and inspiration to us all.
For more information on how to support the children’s cause, please visit: Sara Westlake is fundraising for Leeds Hospitals Charity