KIDS in the House is the highlight of JDRF’s advocacy program, where over 100 kids from all over Australia with Type 1 Diabetes visit Parliament House in Canberra to remind their MP’s that research is the key to a cure.

It is the culmination of many months of work from our advocates who have met their local MP in their electorate, and asked them to promise to remember Type 1 Diabetes when it comes to supporting and funding medical research. JDRF are asking both sides of politics to commit to continue funding the JDRF-led Type 1 Diabetes Clinical

Research Network (CRN). $50 Million over five years. This funding will ensure world class research takes places in Australia.

Blair Gould from Birchip represented the Mallee Electorate. After travelling to Canberra
he joined the other advocates on Wednesday evening at Albert Hall where they were greeted by Mike Wilson CEO of JDRF, registration followed by a overview of the day ahead which everyone knew was going to be exciting and chaotic.

An extremely early start at 4.30am for breakfast on Thursday morning saw all the advocates and Parents bussed to Parliament House where a live cross with the Today Program took place on the front lawns explaining why continued CRN Funding $50 Million over five years is so important to finding a cure.

Once through security Blair had a 9.00am meeting with Andrew Broad MP Federal
Member for Mallee.  Blair presented Andrew with the JDRF Kids in the House Book Type Diabetes: The Numbers That Count where each child had their photo included in the book and a small gift to acknowledge his continued support.

Whilst with Mr Broad the group was introduced to Scott Morrison (the then Treasurer).

In the Theatrette they all watched the premiere of the short film ‘The Numbers that Count’. This was followed by lunch in Mural Hall.

As The House of Representatives Question Time was cancelled they attended the Senate Question time instead.

After an incredible, exciting and extraordinary day goodbyes were said as the 100 other advocates made their way home.

There are now 100 MP’s and Senators who will now promise to remember them in funding decisions of the future.