Esperance Primary School raises funds for Heart Foundation

Esperance Primary School raised more than $2,000 for the Heart Foundation at its annual 'Jump Rope for Heart Day'.

The school has been involved with the Heart Foundation for 33 years and has raised well over $100,000 for heart disease research in that time.

The skipathon, on September 13, saw students seek sponsorships for their skipping from members of the community.

The students are led by Year 5 and 6 'Heart Beats' who teach their younger pupils how to skip and improve the skills of those who already know the basics.

The 'Heart Beats' have also run demonstrations at other local primary schools and will attend this year's Mallee Muster to help students from schools in the Esperance districts.

Esperance Primary School chaplain Christine Blair said the school was committed to supporting the vital work of the Heart Foundation.

"Heart disease affects all of us," Mrs Blair said.

"It's a community support activity and we're working together to help each other."

Mrs Blair said the day was also about promoting heart healthy messages such as the importance of exercise, a healthy diet and drinking enough water.

"It's all about the health message as well," she said.

"If we keep our hearts healthy, then that's a great thing."