BEST FEET FORWARD: Wearing crazy socks to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are (from left) Charlotte Yager (9), Alexis Furlonger (10), Petra Armstrong (11), Trisha Calugay (11), and Nelson Binney (11).
BEST FEET FORWARD: Wearing crazy socks to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are (from left) Charlotte Yager (9), Alexis Furlonger (10), Petra Armstrong (11), Trisha Calugay (11), and Nelson Binney (11). Cathy Adams

Kids fundraise their socks off

STRIPED socks, pompoms, stockings, mismatched feet and socks with feathers all went to school for the day yesterday.

Alstonville Public School held a Crazy Sock Day and kids from kindergarten to Year 7 brought their colourfully-covered feet to school in an effort to raise funds for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

The kids had to donate a gold coin to the cause and the fundraising was up to $500 as of yesterday morning.

Year 6 student Petra Armstrong is very enthusiastic about the dress-for-a-cause day.

“I think the Westpac Helicopter is one of the most important causes in NSW,” the 11-year-old said.

“A lot of people need their help and they have been in a lot of TV ads lately so they obviously need it.”

Eleven-year-old Zoe Whelan-Young brought seven odd socks to school for the occasion.

“I have a lot of single socks and no matching pairs, so I brought them to school for other people,” she said.

“I don't really know who is wearing what now.”

Petra and Zoe were two of 500 kids at the school who donned colourful wigs and creative hairstyles for Crazy Hair Day recently where they raised $580 for the Cancer Council.

Alstonville Public School principal Lorraine Bryant said the fundraising days gave the kids a chance to free dress, as well as an opportunity to help raise money for their community.

“It's a way that most children can participate in the fundraising,” she said. “They just love it.”



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