Colour splash . . . The Terrace School pupils Milla Druce (12, left) and Tait Payne (8) are gearing up for their first colour run, to help raise money for Debra NZ, a foundation that supports families of children who suffer from Epidermolysis Bullosa. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

The Terrace School is welcoming in the new term with its first ever colour run.

Colourful paint will be splashed over participants as they run around the course on October 25, marking the first event of its kind for the school.

Deputy principal Mick Enright said the aim was to have fun, while raising funds for Debra NZ, a group which supports families of children who have Epidermolysis Bullosa, commonly called “butterfly skin syndrome”.

It causes the skin to become extremely fragile and can cause it to frequently blister.

The condition is one the Alexandra school is familiar with after one of its pupils, Tait Payne (8) was diagnosed.

“We’ve got a [pupil] in our school with the condition so we thought it would be good to raise funds for someone else instead of us.”

Tait is among the small team of organisers planning the event, which will take place at the school and will comprise of four laps of a circuit, to be run or walked. Other organisers are Milla Druce (12) and Tait’s sister Xanthe Payne (11). Mr Enright said the event had been well supported by sponsors.

He said any money the children raise in terms of the running, sponsorship and a sausage sizzle on the day will go to the cause.


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