Kids In The House is the highlight of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s advocacy program, under which more than 100 kids from across Australia with type 1 diabetes visit Parliament House in Canberra to remind MPs that research is the key to a cure.
Both sides of politics are being asked to commit to continue funding the JDRF-led Clinical Research Network to the tune of $50 million over five years.
Blair Gould from Birchip represented the Mallee electorate. He joined the other advocates at Albert Hall in Canberra, where they were greeted by JDRF chief executive Mike Wilson.
After a 4.30am start on Thursday, advocates and parents bused to Parliament House, where a live cross with the Today program was held.
Both sides of politics are being asked to commit to continue funding.
Once through security, Blair had a 9am meeting with Mallee MP Andrew Broad. He was also introduced to then-Treasurer and now Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
Advocates later watched the premiere of the short film The Numbers that Count before lunch in Mural Hall.
After an extraordinary day, the advocates made their way home.
There are now 100 MPs and senators who will promise to remember them when making funding decisions.