Kids raise money for MS research

Hampden Street School trio Charlie Hobbs, 10, left, Ben Palmer, 10 and Will Irvine, 10, have raised $500 for the Nelson ...
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Hampden Street School trio Charlie Hobbs, 10, left, Ben Palmer, 10 and Will Irvine, 10, have raised $500 for the Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society represented by field worker Pam Grey and president Bruce Reynolds.

A group of Hampden Street students have taken their learning outside the classroom to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

Charlie Hobbs, Ben Palmer and Will Irvine are involved in the genius hour project at Hampden Street School, where students are challenged to explore something they want to learn more about. 

The trio decided to research multiple sclerosis as part of the project earlier in the year as Will's grandfather died from the disease at a young age.

After they discovered there was no cure for the disease they decided to try and raise $1,000 to go towards multiple sclerosis research.

They contacted the Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society and were given official t-shirts and publicity material to help with the fundraising.

"That was our idea, we want the research to be done and we want a cure," says Will.

They held a coin trail at school which raised $100 then planned a 10 kilometre sponsored run from the Stoke Vet Clinic in Songer Street to Will's house in Victory.

Last week, the boys handed over a cheque to the Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society for $500.

"We were really pleased we were able to raise that much," says Charlie.

Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society president Bruce Reynolds said the donation was wonderful and unexpected.

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"I got an email from Will asking for permission to do research on multiple sclerosis and they did the rest," he says.

The donation would go directly to the recently established New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust.

Will says it is quite student-led. ``We have to do everything pretty much. We learnt about fundraising, campaigning and resilience."

 - Stuff

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