Wednesday, 30 October 2013

It will be fun they said - to be 7 again - Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

 Charity Event

My twin sons turned seven in July. It really is a glorious age of wonder and enlightenment . It makes my heart sing seeing them becoming more confident in their skills at home, school, at play and just their pure joy in doing crazy things and clowning around  - except chores they hate or when they haven't finished gaming !.

Two weeks ago I was invited to Live 7 -  at the launch of a special announcement - not before some seven yr old shenanigans. Egg & spoon races, a jump on the bouncy castle and a frozen yoghurt and lolly bar.

'Seven' is reported to be the happiest age of all. Sadly, I cannot remember much of my 7th year ...I may have to try again at 47. Jumping I'm not sure my PF will handle it on the trampoline with my boys will be fun and they will be thrilled.

Ok, now the big NEWS - Vaalia will contribute a minimum of $450,000 over the three year partnership to support life saving child health research at the Murdoch Childrens {a non profit organisation}

Murdoch Childrens conducts innovative, world class research into conditions affecting children, such as allergies, diabetes ,obesity and premature birth , as well as finding answers to unsolved problems, such as cancer and genetic conditions.  Very close to my heart as my son (& I) have an inherited genetic condition.

A dedicated team of more than 1500 highly skilled researchers, has the critical mass needed to solve child health problems more rapidly.

The new director , Professor Kathryn North , was previously the Head of the Westmead Clinic that my son ,with Neurofibromatosis attended. She is highly esteemed and dedicated to children's research

It was lovely to meet Frankie ,

 the seven yr old child expert, 

The LOLLY bar was super !

The menu was everything a 7yr old would love pies with faces, sausage rolls, fish & chips and more !

DR Justin and Internationally renowned supermodel, and mother, SMcripr 024arah Murdoch who has been the Ambassador of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute since 2000.

  Did you know?

  • Each year, eight million children are born with a serious birth defect of genetic origin.  The genetic cause remains unknown for more than half of these conditions. 

  • The number of obese children has doubled since the 1980's, with approximately a quarter of children overweight or obese before they start school.

  • The incidence of type 1 diabetes has increased by 29 per cent in the past decade, with Australian children among the most affected in the world.

  • Three thousand babies are born 10 or more weeks premature each year in Australia.  Thanks to advances in medical technology, 80 per cent now survive.

  • Food allergy affects up to 10 per cent of children, and rates are rising.

  • One in 600 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Additionally, Vaalia will promote the Murdoch Childrens brand on all yoghurt packs sold in Australia. So by purchasing Vaalia, you can feel good on the inside knowing that your helping to fund discoveries to help kids live happier, healthier lives. Vaalia has a unique trio of feelgood probiotic cultures too.

The recent Stepathon for  Murdoch Childrens foundation was very successful and helped raise awareness and $524,571 !

Just a reminder Gifts to Murdoch Childrens are an investment in the future health of ALL children.
They fund life saving research into child health conditions that may one day prevent a child you know getting sick.

Donations to Murdoch Childrens of $2 and over are fully tax deductible.
Facebook - MurdochChildrensResearchInstitute

Do you remember what is was like to be 7 ?

 I'm going PINK for a Purpose in Sussan Women’s Fun Run - I'm running my first HALF MARATHON   , raising funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia, if you would like to sponsor me - every $  or [$21.10] counts ;) - sponsor me here