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The pupils limber up.
The pupils limber up.

THE Sport Relief total stands at £52,070,587 so far for 2012 – and southsiders have been playing their parts this week.

As well as those who turned out for the Glasgow mile in George Square on Sunday, three schools have been raising vital funds for the charity.

On Friday, Shawlands primary got into the spirit by hosting a superhero dress-up day for both children and staff.

All 387 pupils completed a Sport Relief mile throughout the day, and classes were timetabled for sporting taster sessions, allowing the children to try rugby, cricket, tennis, yoga, cheerleading, zumba and football.

Primary sevens also baked and sold themed cupcakes, and the school welcomed kind donations from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Wiseman Dairies to provide the children with healthy fruit smoothies.

Head teacher Elaine Hutton told The Extra: “The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and raised a wonderful £486.36 for Sport Relief”.

Over at Merrylee primary, pupils were also in action for Sport Relief, staging their own mile fundraiser on Friday ahead of the weekend event.

Pupils and staff walked or ran the distance throughout the day – joined by staff from the Muirend branch of Sainsbury’s – and raised £407.97 for the cause.

Robslee primary, meanwhile, relied on the primary seven young leaders group to organise an event on Friday.

The youngsters ensured that all pupils wore red for a school relay race — one mile for the P1-3s and a 400m track tackled four times for the P4-7s.

Maxine Sibille, Robslee’s health and wellbeing coordinator, commented: “It was a great success and the children were extremely proud that they had helped others by raising almost £200 for Sport Relief and their recent Why Water Matters campaign.

“This money will go a long way in helping to purchase water filters for villages in Africa”.

As for Sunday, our Facebook and Twitter followers were out in force and making the most of the sunshine for the official Sport Relief mile.

Rosalyn Barclay told The Extra that she had a great day walking the route with her grandson, while Pamela Leroy took her dog for the run, and added: “The sunshine made it worse, and our dog was even hotter. But we raised £205, so it was worth it”.

And the fun isn’t over yet, as Victoria Knights rugby league club has announced further fundraising at a weekend charity match.

The southside club, which plays at Nethercraigs sports complex, will face the staff of TK Maxx Silverburn especially for Sport Relief.

Collections will be made before kick-off at 12noon, and both groups ask that people coming to watch donate £2 for charity.