The Annual Run for the Kids continues to raise much-needed funds for the Royal children’s Hospital.
On Sunday the 24th of March, 35,000 runners took to the streets of the Melbourne CBD for the annual Herald Sun/CityLink Run for the Kids 2013. After the event’s debut in 2006 it has contributed more than $8 million to the Royal Children’s Hospital in support of the Good Friday Appeal. It remains the biggest charity fundraising fun run in Victoria. The atmosphere was full of buzz and excitement.
If the event continues to run every year, the impact will be astonishing to the Royal Children’s Hospital. In 2011–12 the RCH treated 34,784 inpatients. There were 246,140 outpatient clinic appointments and 10,741 children underwent surgery. We had 73,602 children present at our emergency department and approximately 200 children received care in the community every day through RCH@Home. That is so many children, every small part can help. Imagine so many young children being treated yearly! Health is something that is precious and valued.
The Royal Children’s Hospital is a vital part that helps so many children and their families each year. Each participant plays a part in benefitting those children at the Royal Children’s Hospital who aren’t able to run, walk or skip their way around the course. The money raised will fund projects, research and technological innovations to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.
There were two course options for participants to choose from;
- 15 km super course: which covers attractions such as the Domain Tunnel, Bolte Bridge, Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Docklands waterfront.
- 5.5 km family friendly course: enjoys the attractions of the Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanic Gardens.
The short course started at 8:10 am and the long course started at 8:50 am.
Participants raised an amazing $1.95 million yesterday until CityLink then added $50,000 taking the total to an astonishing $2 million.
Participants could either enter as a team or an individual.
There were two categories of teams:
- Corporate: Teams with six or more runners representing a corporation, company or organisation where all runners are employees or members of the represented corporation, company or organisation.
- Community: Teams with six or more runners representing a sporting or social club, school or non-profit organisation where all runners are associated with or members of the represented sporting or social club, school or non-profit organisation.
There was no maximum number of team participants that could be part of a team.
When entering as an individual, participants needed to select the distance and category they wished to enter, complete their entry details and answer the entrant questions.
Event T-shirts and singlets could also be bought so that participants could be represented in the sea of participants.
Tony Abbott was amongst the sea of participants yesterday, finishing the 15 km super course in 1 hour 32 minutes and 43 seconds. Even Australian political figures are getting involved in bettering the lives of young sick Australians.
The event partners included Herald Sun and CityLink, both aim to promote and raise awareness for the event. Since 1931 when the Good Friday Appeal began, employees got together with sport’s officials to run a sports carnival that raised money for the hospital, that was then struggling in the midst of the Great Depression.
Corporate sponsors of the event included Nike, Mazda, 7 News, Mix101.1 Radio, City of Melbourne and the Victorian Police. Nike offered participants free training sessions with Nike+ Run Club, holding sessions four times a week. The training sessions were held on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays starting on Wednesday 30th of January for an eight week program. The sessions covered different distances in each session to get participants ready for the race. There was no need for participants to register; they just needed to turn up on the day.
The top fundraiser for this year’s Run for the Kids was Katia Fowler raising, $7,775.00. Many people raised so much money – but even a single dollar can help. If every person in Australia donated a single dollar, then they would be able to raise $22 million, an impact which will change the hospital’s ability to treat sick children. A single dollar, which would not affect anyone that much, can potentially save a child’s life.
By participating in either the run or donating money you can help so much. Every small effort will make a difference to the lives of these children.