Justin Hodges and Healthy Harold arrive at Suncorp Stadium!
Broncos star and Queensland State of Origin legend Justin Hodges has teamed up with leading children’s charity Life Education Queensland to kick-start a new fundraising challenge to help stamp out bullying.
Today Suncorp Stadium welcomed back the Rugby League star and ambassador for Beyond the Broncos to help another famous ambassador Healthy Harold, warm up for his biggest challenge yet – the Healthy Harold Hundred.
The event urges Queenslanders to walk, run or ride 100ks in 20 days, between May 5 – May 24, to help raise funds for Life Education’s program in schools, especially the charity’s respectful relationships modules.
“Life Education is an iconic program in Queensland schools, and the way they are teaching children about respect both online and face to face is going a long way towards making schools a safe and supportive environment.
“I’d urge anyone who can do the Healthy Harold Hundred challenge to sign up, because it’s a fun way to get fitter while also helping to make a big difference to Queensland kids.”
Bribie Island mother and daughter Kate Maroulis and Lily Guy, 5, also joined us at Suncorp Stadium and have already signed up for the challenge and are looking forward to the event’s May 5 kick off.
“I’m excited to be involved in the challenge and Lily is looking forward to taking part as well,” Kate said. “Lily told her teacher, ‘I’m going to be doing a lot of walking to get rid of all the bullies in all the schools!’”
Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt said the initial response to the charity’s new Healthy Harold Hundred campaign had been phenomenal with more than 850 people registering so far.
“It’s great to have the support of a sporting icon like Justin and it’s never been more important to shine the spotlight on the issue of bullying and respect,” Mr Fawsitt said.
“Sadly, one in four Aussie kids is affected by bullying, one in five children experiences cyberbullying, and more than a million children are affected by domestic violence.
“At Life Education, we work with schools all over the state to help educate children about making safe and healthy choices, and as part of that program, we focus on empowering young people to build and maintain positive, healthy and respectful relationships.”
Funds raised from the Healthy Harold Hundred will directly support Life Education Queensland’s education sessions that focus on social and emotional learning, including bullying prevention and respectful relationships.
To register for Life Education Queensland’s Healthy Harold Hundred and to find out more about the cause go to https://www.healthyharoldhundred.org.au/