COLOUR FUN: Shalom College students at the start of the fun run, raising money for Caritas.
COLOUR FUN: Shalom College students at the start of the fun run, raising money for Caritas. Mike Knott BUNCOLOUR

Children run the rainbow

ALICE Cooper may have made a smash hit with his track School's Out for Summer but when Shalom College students declared school to be out, it was for a far more colourful cause.

More than 600 students together with their parents, siblings and school staff yesterday gave the books the flick to take part in the school's second annual Colour Fun Run.

Shalom College community relations officer Caitlin Nash said the charitable event came about when a few of the school's teachers took part in a larger-scale event last year.

"Two of the staff went and actually did the Colour Run down at the Sunshine Coast," Ms Nash said.

"Then they started that and brought it back to the school in March last year."

Ms Nash said the 2015 Shalom College Colour Fun Run would raise money for Caritas, an Australian operated international aid organisation.

"Our agency supports long-term development programs in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, East Timor, Latin America, indigenous Australia and the Pacific, helping oppressed people to rediscover their dignity by taking greater control over their lives and overcoming poverty," the Caritas website says.

Ms Nash said students were keen to fundraise and get colourful yesterday, taking part in a 3km run around their school.

"There were seven different colour stations, at each station there was staff who coloured the students in powder," she said.

"Then by the end they're all basically rainbow coloured."



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