Exciting Australia Day planned

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RUGBY League great Steve Renouf will attend the activities and free events at the Australia Day celebrations at the Toondoon Botanical Gardens in his role as Australia Day Ambassador.

Renouf, well known for his football achievements, is also an inspiration due to his real life battle with diabetes.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Board Limited(GAPDL), events co-ordinator Nicola Payne said the Queensland Origin star was devastated when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23, however he never imagined the disease would hit his three children.

'Having diabetes for most of his professional football career hasn't stopped him achieving his goals,' she said.

'There will be an opportunity for autographs and photo's with Steve throughout the day.'

Australia Day activities include children's book reading with author Jackie French, entertainment from Scrub Turkey, the cutting of the Australian Day cake, citizenship ceremonies, bush tucker walks, free face painting, rides, jumping castles, thong throwing, a rope course, egg and spoon races, a vintage car display, a wildlife carer's display of wild animals, the road Runner fun run and food and drink stalls.



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