Horsing around at school for a cause

Riders Sinead Murphy and Alana Jury and horse strappers Jazmine Anderson and Trent Oats in front of (left to right) Rob Mitchell, Fr Will Matthews, Graeme Williams, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, Principal Mark Brockhus, Fr Kevin McIntosh and Lt Colonel John Spencer. (Supplied)

Two Salesian College students arrived to school in style on Friday, striding through the gates on horseback after a 20km charity ride from Gisborne South.

Timed in recognition of Anzac Day, the journey took year 10 student Sinead Murphy and year 11 student Alana Jury almost three hours to complete.

Money raised from the sale of badges, wristbands and a sausage sizzle will go to Soldier On, a national charity that supports men and women who have been physically or psychologically affected by their service.

Sinead, who planned the event over three months, told Star Weekly she came up with the idea following discussions at Macedon Pony Club, where she is a member.

She had her sights set on raising $1000.

Hume council mayor Helen Patsikatheodorou, McEwen MP Rob Mitchell and Sunbury RSL’s Graeme Williams were part of an official party that greeted the students’ arrival.

Donations: www.soldieron.org.au