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Prime Minister call for kids to get active to support child health research

Institute News
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 10:30am
Last week the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Tony Abbott sported a slap band pedometer on his morning walk and called on kids across Australia to get active at the launch of the Institute’s Step-a-thon for Kids campaign.

The Hon. Tony Abbott was joined by Murdoch Children's Director, Professor Kathryn North and Stepathon Ambassadors Commando Steve, Matt Shirvington, Sally Pearson, Natarsha Belling and Tim Blackwell and special guest six year old Emilee Pratt.  Emilee was born with a limb deficiency, and at nine months old had her right leg amputated.  Emilee participated in Step-a-thon last year, and raised over $2000, making her one of the top fundraisers.

Primary school students from West Pennant Hills Primary School also took part in the walk which finished on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. 

Step-a-thon for Kids encourages primary school children across the country to keep active whilst raising vital funds for child health research.  Since its inception in 2013 over 30,000 primary school children from right across Australia have taken part and increased their activity levels in support of Stepathon and child health research.  This year Step-a-thon will run from 31 August – 6 September.

As part of the campaign, the first 25,000 kids to register will receive a free slap on pedometer to make counting their steps fun and easy. 

The campaign is supported by a host of sports stars and personalities including Sarah Murdoch, Tim Cahill, Liz Ellis, Steve ‘Commando’ Willis, Matt Shirvington, Sally Pearson, Natarsha Belling, Tim Blackwell and Andrew Carrazzo.

Step up this September and help improve the lives of children; visit to help make a difference.