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Launch of UNICEF Universal Children's Day, Redfern Public School, Sydney, 25 October 2000

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Jackie Kelly, Minister for Sport and Tourism Launch of UNICEF Univeral Children's Day, Redfern Public School, Sydney 25th October 2000

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. 

I hope you kids enjoyed your Kellogg's breakfast this morning!

As you all know, today is a very special day. It's Universal Children's Day - the day when we think about the lives of children around the world who have a harder life than ours.

For Universal Children's Day this year, UNICEF has asked children in schools around Australia to think about nutrition, health and fitnesss.

Because all children have the right to health, the right to good food - and the right to play.

Our wonderful Olympians and Paralympians know just how important it is to eat properly - especially at breakfast.

Talking about athletes and breakfast, I'll let you in on a secret!

At the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, where many of our Olympic athletes did their training, in just six months, they ate:

more than one tonne of beef... ●

more than three-and-a-half tonnes of bananas... ●

more than five-and-a-half thousand litres of orange juice... ●

and over 750 kilos of Sustain breakfast cereal! ●

But you don't have to be an Olympic champion to be fit and healthy. It's just as important for ordinary Australians to eat properly and get lots of exercise.

And it's especially important for kids.

But not all children around the world have the good food, health care, education - or even clean water -that Australian kids enjoy.

UNICEF helps these children. And you can help them too.

You can find out more about UNICEF, Universal Children's Day, and how you can make the world a better place for all children in this Change 4 Kids kit.

Or check out Kellogg's new website... to find out more. You can even click on the site to help feed hungry children around the world.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of Universal Children's Day!

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