Date: 28/06/2012

Dearne Valley College (DVC) recently held its annual Health and Environment Week, organised by the college’s HEART group which aims to raise awareness to students and staff.

Students were treated to a visit by the Pirates of the GASP road show - an organisation aimed at improving public health through providing smoking education and tobacco control resources using different themes to help promote awareness. Students were very interested in the software which shows how smoking can age the skin.

Students participated in workshops with Macmillan Nurses about skin cancer, the Anthony Nolan Trust Foundation about blood, stem cell and organ donation and a talk from Dearne Valley Eco-Vision about the environmental development of the Dearne Valley.

There were street displays from Rotherham Council’s Streetpride team, Dearne Valley Eco-Vision, Westfield Health and Rotherham Dog Rescue which was this year’s selected fund raising charity. This worthy charity rescues abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs and re-homes or finds foster homes to give them a chance of a full and happy life. 

The many sporting activities proved popular and students had a go at Bokwa, Zumba, Spinnercise, Kettles and Body Blast.

Following tradition, the week culminated in the college fun run/walk which this year included a cross country version around the college perimeter for the more energetic. Over hundred DVC students and staff participated including rescue dog Millie and owner Lisa, a volunteer at Rotherham Dog Rescue, who both completed the one mile walk.

Glen Ashall, founder member of HEART, commented:
“The week has been brilliant. The GASP road show is always popular and this year’s pirates’ theme was very colourful. We also held a tombola, auction and used books sale and managed to raise £225.00 for Rotherham Dog Rescue. We are delighted that so many students took part in the activities”.

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