Proudly presented by the Barwon Health Foundation, supporting excellence in patient care at Barwon Health.
GEELONG’S biggest and most beloved charity run will return this year, with every cent of the proceeds going to the city’s key health services.
The Geelong Advertiser can today confirm it will be the major sponsor of Run4Geelong, the fun run formerly called Run Geelong, on November 17.
Thousands of the region’s residents are expected to run, jog, walk or roll in the Barwon Health Foundation fundraiser.
While more sponsors are still needed, participants have been guaranteed 100 per cent of their registration fees will go to the foundation and, for the first time, they’ll get to choose what health service they want their money spent on.
They’ll be able to nominate University Hospital Geelong or have their money directed to Barwon Health’s women’s and children’s, cancer, mental health or care in the community services.
Cats ruckman Rhys Stanley, a Barwon Health Foundation ambassador, said he was already looking forward to taking part in the fun run with his wife Kirsten and son Jagger.
“It’s going to be an awesome family event,” he said.
“Having Jagger gives us a whole new perspective, and this is something we’re keen to be part of.”
Organisers are negotiating details of the various runs that will be offered at the event, including a scenic but challenging course that will take in key Geelong locations.
“The Barwon Health Foundation is a great cause that everybody in this community can get behind, and now we just need to finalise the best possible course for the event,” Geelong Advertiser general manager Wayne Buttner said.
“The Addy and the Geelong hospital are two of this city’s oldest and proudest organisations, we’ve worked together many times in the past, and it made sense for us to do that again now to put on a great fun run for all the people of the region.”
Previously branded Run Geelong, the first major Barwon Health fun run was held a decade ago. The event raised more than $12 million for the health foundation in its first nine years, and drew at least 10,000 runners each year at the peak of its popularity.
But the event struggled last year, attracting less than 3000 runners.
Barwon Health Foundation chief executive officer Zoe Waters said the event would be reinvented in 2019 with the Addy’s support.
“This year, with thanks to the Geelong Advertiser, we are able to provide participants with the opportunity to run for an area within Barwon Health that is close to their heart,” Ms Waters said.
“From children’s health and maternity services, to cancer, cardiac, mental health or palliative care, runners are able donate their registration fee to an area of Barwon Health that has impacted their life or the life of someone close to them.
“We hope other businesses in the region come on board to support their local health service.”
Potential sponsors should phone the Barwon Health Foundation on 4215 8900.
Potential participants should visit www.run4geelong.com.au
Pre-register NOW and we’ll forward all details direct to you as soon as they are available. Not only that, but you’ll be in the draw for a $100 Barwon Gifts voucher!