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Rainbow Run shows school’s true colours
A SEA of colour swept through
a Renmark street last week, as
staff, students and parents joined
in their local primary school’s
first Rainbow Run.
Approximately 200 members
of the Renmark North Primary
School community participated
in the Rainbow Run event on
Thursday, raising money for the
school’s nature playspace.
School counsellor and
co-organiser of the event, Dani
Woolford, said the Rainbow
Run allowed the school to raise
money in a new and exciting
“The student representative
council (SRC) organise a couple
of fundraisers every year, but this
year we wanted to do something
different,” she said.
“Colour runs are quite
popular at the moment and a few
students had participated in them
before. Everyone paid $2 and
we invited families and anyone
associated with the school to
“We had several very
generous Renmark businesses
donate food and drink which
made sure we had a low cost to
the event, allowing more money
to go back into the school.”
Mrs Woolford said the event
had been a success regardless of
the amount of money raised on
“We’ve had lots of donations
for our nature playspace so we
haven’t had to pay for much
ourselves,” she said.
“The money we raise from the
Rainbow Run will go towards
any future maintenance we may
need, but today was all about
having a fun experience, being
active and getting the school
“I don’t think many of the
kids knew what was happening
at the start, but as they began
running through the colour
stations they became excited and
loved every minute of it.”
Mrs Woolford said after the
success of the first Rainbow
Run, the SRC would consider
repeating the event in the future.
“This year was something
of a trial run, but next year we
may look to make it bigger and
better,” she said.
“We’d love to open up any
future Rainbow Runs to the
wider Riverland community.
“This year’s turn-out was
fantastic. We had about 50
parents come out and join in
with their kids, which was much
more than we first anticipated.”
Vanessa Vu, Brooke Webb and Mitchell Anderson jumping for joy during last week’s Rainbow Run at Renmark North Primary School. INSET:
Renmark North Primary School students Maggie, D’ana and Alissa showcasing their coloured shirts. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
Dodged a downy bullet?
STRONG winds could be the saviour
of Riverland grape growers fearing an
outbreak of downy mildew.
Unseasonably hot, wet conditions over
the past two weeks have created condi-
tions considered ideal for downy mildew,
however Riverland Wine is yet to receive
any reports of the potentially costly para-
“When there has been rain, it’s gener-
ally been followed by cool, but brisk, dry-
ing winds,” said Riverland Wine executive
officer Chris Byrne.
“So, in terms of big outbreaks and
infections, no significant outbreak.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,
but I’m not hearing anything. Fingers
Despite his cautious optimism, Mr
Byrne said local growers would remain on
alert in the coming days.
“With downy you have to have a prima-
ry infection and then about 10 days later a
secondary infection,” he said.
“For both those events you need to have
circumstances where there’s heat, leaf
wetness and humidity for about 24 hours.
“So (to date) we’ve sort of skated
“If anyone’s got it, they’re keeping it
to themselves, but people don’t normally
blow their bags about it.
“What they do is get busy on their
spray unit and try to get some remedial
Downy mildew is characterised by the
presence of oil spots on the surface of
leaves and white down on the underside of
leaves, canes and bunches.
Without adequate control measures, it
can significantly impact yields.
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