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Octagon fun day benefits Child Cancer Foundation

Octagon fun day benefits Child Cancer Foundation

Enjoy a sausage sizzle and some light-hearted physical challenges in the Octagon this Friday, all in aid of the Child Cancer Foundation.

Donate to Child Cancer has been organised by a group of about 40 first- and second-year Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) students from Otago Polytechnic’s Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure (OISA).

One of the students, Hamish Buick, is a 23-year-old who has been in remission from leukaemia for four years. As well as the Bachelor degree, he is also studying towards the Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership (Personal Training and Exercise Prescription) at OISA; a study schedule he describes as “full-on”.

“I was diagnosed with leukaemia when I was 18, and it was a real shock to the system,” he says. “It’s the main reason I’m studying health-related programmes now. I want to encourage people to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Event Coordinator, Alex Lubransky, says “This is a great way for the students to give back to a worthy charity, while also promoting health, wellness and physical activity in their local community.”

As well as a barbeque, there will be a coin trail, collection buckets and the opportunity to try out some fun, physical activities.

“These activities are all work-wear appropriate and not too taxing!” laughs Alex. “We hope people who are browsing or working in town will pop down to the Octagon to make a donation, have a sausage and maybe even take part in some of the fitness challenges the students have devised.”

Otago Polytechnic’s Donate to Child Cancer event will be held on Friday 7 September from 11.00am-2.00pm.


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