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Monday, 21 October 2002
Page: 8097

Mr LLOYD (1:56 PM) —I rise to add my congratulations to former Australian of the Year Alan Border; his wife, Jane; Australian test star Dean Jones; and former Wallaby hooker Phil Kearns on their 1,000-kilometre Trek for Kids, raising money for children's charities. I had the pleasure of joining AB and the rest of the team on Friday, 11 October, as they walked through my electorate of Robertson. I managed to walk with them for four hours and covered 24 kilometres in that time. I can assure you it was just a taste of the pain that all of them must be going through on this 1000-kilometre trek on their way to Brisbane.

They left the Sydney Cricket Ground early in October and they are intending to walk for 31 days. It is a magnificent effort to raise money for children's charities: the Spastic Centre, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia and the NBN Kids Project telethon. It is a magnificent effort, and I would like to congratulate Alan Border, the rest of the team and all those who are joining him along the way. I urge people who see the Trek for Kids to please support them very generously and make donations as the team is walking through their towns in northern New South Wales and into Queensland, to Brisbane. If any honourable members here, after parliament rises this week, have the opportunity to join AB and his wife, Jane, on their Trek for Kids, I encourage them to do so. (Time expired)