Heroes of Lismore Heights
CHILDREN at the Lismore Heights Public School lived out their dreams yesterday when they came to school dressed as their favourite hero.
There were the standard favourites, such as Catwoman and Power Rangers, but the unsuspecting heroes also made an appearance – soccer player Tim Cahill and young sailing star Jessica Watson.
The Childhood Hero Dress-Up Day was a national fundraiser for the Australian Childhood Foundation, an organisation that works to protect children's rights and raises awareness about child abuse.
A young Kevin Rudd even made an appearance at the annual dress-up day, but the eight-year-old's dress-up choice was not inspired by the Prime Minister's recent controversial policies.
“Kevin Rudd is my hero because he is the Prime Minister,” Luc Veitprince said.
“It was either him or Harry Potter, but I have dressed up as Harry Potter before.”
Luc, who even turned his hair grey by pouring talcum powder over it as part of his Kevin Rudd transformation, was rivalled by Erika Butcher, aka Catwoman.
Erika's hero choice was inspired by a one-on-one meeting with the catty superhero at Movieworld recently.
“I am Catwoman because my dad likes her and I got to meet her at Movieworld,” she said.
“She could wrap her tail all the way around her legs, but my tail is not long enough for that.”
Callum McDonogh, 11, was Socceroos player Tim Cahill, but even this diehard fan doubted the Socceroos' chances of winning at the World Cup.
“I am hoping Australia will win,” Callum said. “But they are going up against Serbia, who beat Germany already. I don't think they will win.”
Each child who dressed up was required to donate a gold coin, with 50 per cent of money raised going to the Australian Childhood Foundation and the rest going back into the school.