Children's Day was celebrated with a special family challenge event at Ruapehu College on Sunday.

The event was run by Nga Tai o Te Awa in collaboration with Healthy Families Whanganui, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, at Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority.

Yeah Hard is a social media campaign for the wider Whanganui region, which encompasses a number of events and activities based around positive lifestyle choices such as the Yeah Hard 30-Second Ad Competition and Political Forum. The Yeah Hard mascot is the distinctive orange-haired "trolly" doll seen at community events and winners of Yeah Hard challenges are awarded small, gold, Oscar-style replicas.

Co-ordinator Kiri Wilson said it was the inaugural Yeah Hard event for Ruapehu and it could not have gone better.


"We had 16 teams of four competing and they really got in to it and had a great time. It was decided to schedule the event for Children's Day and make it a fun day for whanau."

Healthy Families Ruapehu health promoter Troy Brown promoted the event in the Ruapehu district and was pleased to see it come together so well. "Our work is about making healthy choices easier where we live, learn, work and play, and events like this are a great way to engage the whole family."

For mre information see the Yeah Hard Facebook page.