make poverty history




27 June 2013 


Matt Napier, who is bouncing an Aussie Rules football 4,500km across the country to raise

awareness of global poverty, will complete his epic journey in Sydney on Friday 28 June 2013. 


Taking on the challenge for the 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty, Matt wanted to do something

that hasn’t been done before to highlight the plight of the world’s poorest people.


“People say that walking from Perth to Sydney is a long way – and it is – but if everyone in Australia

took one step on that route it would be pretty easy. It’s the same to end global poverty – one person

or country can’t do it on their own but if we all do our little bit, we can create history and be a part of

the generation that ends global poverty,” he said.


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WHAT: Matt Napier will meet supporters and celebrate the end of his remarkable journey.

WHEN: Friday 28th June, 2013 from 7am – 9.30am

WHERE: Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, Campbell’s Cove Wharf

(near overseas passenger terminal at Circular Quay)




• Interviews – Matt and his wife Wendy will be available for phone interviews for radio during

the final few days walking through the outskirts of Sydney and at Campbell’s Cove Wharf on

Friday 28 June (Wendy has followed Matt across the country to provide support and

together, they have spoken with more than 2600 school students and a range of politicians to

spread their message about how we can help end poverty).


• Vision of Matt completing the walk with supporters around Circular Quay. From

approximately 7.30 am at the Opera House Forecourt, Matt will join supporters after having

walked from Ultimo and through the Sydney CBD.  They will walk together around Circular

Quay to the finish at Campbell’s Cove Wharf.  Matt will lead with VIPs, athletes, Captain

Kindness (from World Kindness Australia), and supporters in tow.


• Celebration at completion of the walk. Supporters will gather at Sydney Harbour Tall 

Ships, Campbell’s Cove Wharf from 8am to form a guard of honour as Matt arrives at his

final destination at approx 8.05-15am.  There will then be official proceedings for

approximately 40 minutes with representatives from Make Poverty History and Australian aid

and development charities, as well as live performances.




For interviews prior to Friday 28 June please contact Wendy Napier on 0404 182 494 or


For interviews on Friday 28 June or for interviews with Make Poverty History representatives please

contact Corinne Roberts on M: +61 447 611 764 or

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