Promoting healthy habits

Tim Cahill visits Campbellfield Public School to promote healthy habits

Joshua Bartlett


There was a fan frenzy in Minto yesterday.

Australian soccer legend Tim Cahill visited Campbellfield Public School to promote the school's popular breakfast club.

The club, called the Campbellfield Shines Cafe, provides free breakfast four times a week for the school community. The program is supported by Foodbank NSW.

Mr Cahill, who is a Sanitarium Weet-Bix ambassador, helped serve healthy brekkie to 180 students. Options included fruit, toast, hot chocolate and Mr Cahill's favourite, Weet-Bix.

The former Socceroos star was also happy to chat with kids, teachers and parents and pose for countless selfies and sign autographs.

Mr Cahill told the Advertiser he enjoyed visiting the Minto school and was impressed by the Campbellfield Shines Cafe.

"It's been great to see so many smiles on the kids' faces," he said.

"The breakfast club is driven by parents and is inclusive of everyone - it's a credit to the school and its community.

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the club really brings them all together."

Mr Cahill represented Australia on more than 100 occasions and scored 50 goals during his exceptional career.

He also played for some of the sport's biggest clubs around the world, including Everton, the New York Red Bulls and Shanghai Shenhua.

However, Mr Cahill said he still had a lot to offer in retirement.

"One of my biggest jobs is to inspire kids to follow their dreams," he said.

"I chased my dreams and I tried to be the best I could be."

Mr Cahill, who has family in south-west Sydney, said he was inspired by his parents.

"They were a driving force behind me wanting to get involved with Weet-Bix," he said.

"I've had a relationship with Weet-Bix over the past 14 years and they are a big part of my life.

"Weet-Bix is at the forefront of my mind whenever I come back to Australia - they've really supported me."

Campbellfield Public School principal Nicole Wade said she was proud to see the school recognised for its breakfast club.

Ms Wade said the club had been a great success and had helped the students be happier, concentrate better and form good lifelong habits.

"The work we do around here means the kids get a great start to the day," she said.

Ms Wade said the school community was honoured to host Mr Cahill.

"Tim is inspirational," she said. 

"He works really hard to promote the message of good health and fitness, and telling the kids to chase their dreams.

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Neill Johnston