Respectosaurus shown here with LPS Principal Shona Sneddon. (Submitted photo)

Respectosaurus shown here with LPS Principal Shona Sneddon. (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith Primary Elemental Fun Run raises over $21,000 so far

Fundraising efforts are ongoing until May 31

If you’ve gone by Ladysmith Primary School this month, you may have noticed a buzz of energy. May 3 kicked off the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Fifth Annual (and first virtual) Elemental 5K Fun Run/Walk. Students and staff have embraced the fundraiser and raised over $21,000 in the first 12 days.

The event has two parts: a Fundraising Drive May 3-31 and a Virtual 5K Elemental Fun Run/Walk. The Fundraising Drive has students and staff soliciting donations online and earning prizes at specific monetary goals. The Virtual 5K Elemental Fun Run/Walk allows anyone to register for $10, completing the 5K anywhere in the world between May 24-31.

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There are some great incentive prizes that the LPS PAC Fun Run Committee lined up for the fundraisers, including prizes from Old Town Bakery, Riptide Lagoon, WildPlay, VRKade, and a Mystery Prize.

There are also top class and student prizes including, a Panago Pizza Party, family passes from McNab’s Corn Maze, bubble wands from Superstore Duncan, freezies and popcorn parties.

As for the buzz on the school grounds – students are also participating in a Lap Challenge. Students are running and counting laps the entire month of May. The Top 3 Classes with the most laps will each earn a hula hoop.

The Committee had to reframe this year’s event to follow Provincial Health Orders and SD68 guidelines. They planned a virtual event using Race Roster’s online platform that accepts all donations and registrations for the Fun Run/Walk.

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The Committee is a group of eight dedicated LPS parents who have set up Race Roster, solicited businesses for prizes and donations, and filmed and edited videos starring the LPS mascot Respectosaurus. A big thanks to Chelsea at Inspire Creative for designing the marketing campaign.

The event’s success has brought the school together. This fundraiser has brought back a palpable sense of school spirit, fun, and excitement.

The funds raised will go towards a new outdoor learning space, playground area, sound system for the gym, microscopes and other items and programs for the kids.

If you would like to register for the Virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk or donate to Ladysmith Primary School log on to raceroster.com and search for Ladysmith Elemental Fun Run. Race participants will register for the Run or Walk. Donors will click on Donate Now and select a team or search for an individual fundraiser.