Run Australia

Through our Run Australia events, we partner with local communities around the country to improve children’s health services and facilities in major regional centers.

Since the inaugural Run Geelong event in 2009, Run Australia has raised millions of dollars in support of the local causes nominated by each of our partner cities.


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We started working on our Australian projects in 2009, when we partnered with the Barwon Health Foundation in our hometown of Geelong, to redevelop the Geelong Hospital Children's Ward.

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The unique approach to the Run Australia events means 100% of every registration goes directly to the nominated cause. The Cotton On Group works with partner organisations in each community to identify a children’s healthcare project in need and provide the platform to engage locals with the opportunity to raise funds.



Run Geelong


The Project
The redevelopment of the Geelong Hospital Children’s Ward, in partnership with Barwon Health Foundation.

Total Amount Raised
Since the inaugural Run Geelong event in 2009, over AU$1.8M has been raised for the local community

The Result
With the support of the people of Geelong, the Children’s Ward now offers a modern, vibrant and welcoming environment for children in Barwon Health’s care.

What’s Next
We now aim to raise AU$1.6M for the AU$3.8M Special Care Nursery project at Geelong Hospital which cares for around 540 babies each year. This will provide extra room for more cribs, a separate treatment room and parents room.

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Run Ballarat


The Project
The redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Ballarat Base Hospital, in partnership with Ballarat Health Services.

Total Amount Raised
With three Run Ballarat events now complete, over AU$588,000 has been raised.

What’s Next
This redevelopment will include the addition of single rooms to accommodate adolescent patients, space for parents to stay overnight, outdoor areas for patients and communal play areas.

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And there are no signs of slowing down...

We’re determined to keep the momentum going by working with more local communities and seeing more projects come to life.

By 2016, Run Australia will attract over 50,000 participants and generate over AU$2,100,000 per year to improve health facilities for young people in regional Australia.