Muswellbrook Public School joins 35-year legacy in jumping for heart health

STUDENTS from Muswellbrook Public School (MPS) put their skipping skills to the test on Friday when they officially ‘Jumped Off’ to celebrate their achievements and fundraising efforts in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program. 

MPS joined hundreds of schools across the country for Jump Rope for Heart, Australia’s largest and most recognised fundraising program, which is celebrating a 35-year legacy of encouraging Aussie kids to get active and have fun while raising funds to fight heart disease. 

National Heart Foundation CEO Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM thanked the local pupils for taking part in the event.

“Not only are students from Muswellbrook Public School looking after their own hearts by skipping and being active, they are also looking after the hearts of every Australian by raising funds to help the Heart Foundation continue its life-saving work,” he said. 

“We couldn’t be prouder of the Jump Rope for Heart program which, over 35 years, has helped to create active, healthier lifestyles for Australian kids.”

By getting their hearts pumping through the Jump Rope for Heart program, students and their families learn the importance of keeping their hearts healthy through regular exercise and by following a healthy diet – both key defences against heart disease, which remains the single biggest killer of Australians. 

“Jump Rope for Heart teaches our kids that being active is rewarding and fun, and encourages them to adopt healthy habits for life,” MPS jump rope coordinator Mikhaila Tomlinson said.

“Muswellbrook Public School has a long running history of supporting the Heart Foundation, with us first participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraising program over 25 years ago. 

“This year has proven to be another successful one, with amazing support from our community.

“As a school, we have now raised more than $150,000 for the Heart Foundation since our first year participating in the Jump Rope Program back in 1992.”