“PRESERVE the Environment: Be the Change” was the theme of the ASJA Boys’ College, San Fernando, Health Fair and Annual Walk-a-Thon held on Sunday, which taught about enriching lives through exercise, personal and environmental health and wellness.
Hundreds turned out for the early morning annual walk-a-thon through the streets of San Fernando, and stayed on for the health fair subsequently held at the school’s compound at Park Street.
The health fair saw groups from the Cancer Society, Family Planning Association, and medical doctors performing glucose and blood pressure testing, as well as dispensing advice on medical matters.
School principal Alim Ali said the health fair was a new addition to the annual walk-a-thon, and it served as a challenge for the pupils to learn more about enriching their lives.
Of the event, he said: “It surpassed our expectations. This year we added another dimension with the health fair for persons who may not have been walking but supportive of the venture. The walk-a-thon route was some three and a half miles, walking for one hour through streets of San Fernando. We need to make each event a challenge.
Since a lot of people are into fitness and health. Once you can raise awareness about physical health it will do persons a world of good”.
Co-ordinator of the event, school teacher Judy Mahatoo said the school had led up to the event with a Creative Arts competition on Thursday, which saw the pupils performing skits and monologues, and displaying posters.
“These are the kind of activities we want the school to be involved in, for it to be a centre for positive values and sharing. It was part of the corporate ideals of the school. In the future, would like to incorporate other schools and make it a community event”, said Ali.