Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart is turning 25! To celebrate this milestone, Heart Foundation and Cartoon Network have invited school children across Australia to take part in a mass skipping event in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record on Friday May 9, Sydney Olympic Sports Centre, at exactly 11.30am EST.
As part of Heart Week 2008, over 55,000 Australian school children will aim to beat the current record of 7,632 people skipping at the same time, held by the United Kingdom. Being held in various locations across the country, the children must skip for three minutes with no breaks for more than 10 seconds.
“The event will be a unique opportunity for the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart teams to make history. Thousands of kids throughout Australia including over 30,000 students across New South Wales will be skipping to beat the current record,” said Heart Foundation CEO Tony Thirlwell.
“It’s a huge organisational challenge and is guaranteed to be the biggest skipping event ever!”
The Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart program was established in Australia in 1983. Since then, more than 8 million Australian school children have participated in the program to promote health and fun while raising over $60 million.
The Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart program helps children improve their cardiovascular health and fitness, learn about the importance of heart health, enhance self-esteem and provide them with the opportunity to do something worthwhile for the community and all Australians.
“The current climate of concern for children’s health and fitness makes this program particularly relevant and is a very tangible way to educate families and actively engage in the fight against heart disease,” said Mr. Thirlwell.
For further information or to get involved visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or call 1300 36 27 87.