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Putting Best Foot Forward For Charity

Wednesday 20 July 2016


From South Australian newspaper the Northern Messenger:


Pooraka Primary School

Putting best foot forward for charity

By Isabella Fowler
July 20, 2016

Reprinted by kind permission of the Northern Messenger.

POORAKA Primary students had no excuse to be late to school last Friday [8 July 2016], as they headed to class in pyjamas and crazy socks to "sock it to" a nasty illness.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is considered one of the most "misunderstood invisible diseases" according to ME/CFS Australia committee member Penelope McMillan says.

"A lot of people seem to think it's an old lady illness, but it's actually very destructive for young people and they can end up missing years of school.

The name makes people think it's just a handful of people who are tired, when 25 per cent of sufferers are actually housebound and can barely move," she says.

Pooraka Primary was the only school in SA to respond to requests for fundraising, which will go towards research and treatment trials.

Teacher Deb Foreman says the school put their own twist on the fundraiser.

"The kids voted to wear pyjamas as well as bright socks – which is part of the charity's 'sock it to ME' campaign," Ms Foreman says.

For student Luke, 13, it was the perfect excuse to don his Pikachu onesie.

Pooraka Primary School Crazy Sock / Pyjama Day
Hayley Penhall, 13, Luke Hart, 13, and Teagan Peak, 11 were among the Pooraka Primary School
students who took part in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome fundraiser. (Picture: Campbell Brodie)



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