Sport legends turn out for Fun Day

The Nhulundu family fun day and Botanic to Bridge launch at Gladstone Marina today was underscored by a message of healthy living, and who better to promote that ideal than three sporting greats.

Former boxing legend Jeff Fenech, ex-Bulldogs sharpshooter Hazem El Masri and injured Rabbitohs forward Ben Lowe were on hand at the Nhulundu health service event to advocate healthy living to the local crowd.

“It’s a good opportunity for kids to get out and active and realise that there’s another life outside of the X-box and Playstation,” Lowe said.

Brothers and Wallabys juniors had the chance to impress their sporting heroes, as Lowe and El Masri jumped headlong into the fray of a makeshift match between the local clubs.

El Masri said the event, which saw registrations for the 2011 Botanic to Bridge open, was a great stepping stone for kids to get back into the great outdoors.

“In this day and age obesity statistics are growing and kids seem more content to sit around and play computer games, so we just want to promote getting out there and enjoying life,” the NRL point scoring legend said.

“My best friend used to be my bike; every time I got bored I’d jump on the bike, rally my friends and we’d end up in a park somewhere having a game of footy.

“It’s just about getting the message about getting active out there and hopefully the kids can just continue with that message.”

The event, partnered by Gladstone Ports Corporation, was an overwhelming success according to Nhulundu CEO Matt Cooke.

“It’s a fantastic day and it’s all about the community; especially for the indigenous community which is well represented here today for eliminating chronic illness and disease.”

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