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Working out for the Rescue Run


Onehunga High School’s Services Academy is trying to raise $5,000 for Youthline through a series of sponsored events, culminating with a team of six students competing in the Cisco Rescue Run on the 8th of September.

A squad of 26 volunteers has been training for the event during the last three months, and they will be whittled down to the final six just before the competition. 

This is the school’s first time competing in the event, which is best described as an obstacle course, but with a difference. It is only 15km long, but teams have to complete a series of tasks during the race, simulating life threatening situations. As a result it will take around five hours to complete. 

They will have to locate a missing person, perform basic first aid, and build a stretcher that they then have to carry over rough ground. There are also a couple of secret tasks that will only be revealed once the race starts. 

Services Academy teacher, Elaine Webb, says the course is designed to put the students under pressure, and test their abilities to make the right decisions when tired and stressed. “Essentially, have you got what it takes to save a life?”

The Academy hopes to raise their target of $5,000 through a combination of sponsorship for the Rescue Run and other fundraising at the school. Ms Webb says every pupil has pledged to raise at least $40.

The school can only enter one team of six in the Rescue Run, so the rest of the Academy has organised other fundraising events in the lead up to it. It started with a sponsored run for all Academy students at Onehunga reserve on the 31st of August.

This was followed by a ‘Hauora’ week, focusing on the well-being of all OHS students. The Academy pupils are using the week to not only raise money, but also promote the services that Youthline offers.

The Services Academy was established in 2007 and is run in conjunction with the New Zealand Defence Force. Some students are seeking a career in the Army, Navy or Air Force, others just want to benefit from developing good work habits in a highly structured learning environment. The course focuses on career pathways, academic achievement, physical fitness and discipline.

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort you can make a donation in the Service Academy’s name at https://rescuerun18-youthline.everydayhero.com/nz/kia-kaha-ohs-service-academy 









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