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 grown to six sites, raising millions of dollars in support of the local causes nominated by each of our partner cities.

 

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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

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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GOING AUSTRALIA WIDE

We recognised there were more communities to impact, and so kicked off the next series of Run Australia events all with the same focus – to support and improve children’s healthcare facilities in regional Australia.

An additional five national events have since been established including Run Ballarat, Run Wollongong, Run Newcastle, Run Townsville and Run Sunshine Coast.

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.

 

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Run Geelong

LAUNCHED 2009

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

LAUNCHED 2012

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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Run Wollongong

LAUNCHED 2013

The Project
In partnership with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, two projects have been designated as the local cause – the redevelopment of the Wollongong Hospital Children’s Ward and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Children’s Assessment Unit.

Total Amount Raised
Our Run Wollongong events have seen over 6,000 local participate, raising almost $257,000. 

What’s Next
Works began in 2014 on the redevelopment of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Children’s Assessment Unit which, at completion, will offer a purpose built community paediatric clinic and specialised assessment areas in a family friendly environment. Following this extension, an internal fit out will take place to offer a more streamlined service for local families.

The refurbishment works at the Wollongong Hospital Children’s Ward will follow this with a new playroom and ambulatory care area top of the priority list.

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Run Newcastle

LAUNCHED 2013

The Project
The redevelopment of the Adolescent Ward at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Total Amount Raised
2013 saw 3,034 locals participating to raise AU$134,413.

What’s Next
The project will involve a refurbishment of the 12 bed inpatient area, to include state of the art medical infrastructure, improved entertainment options for patients, and the refurbishment of open space areas.

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Run Townsville

LAUNCHED 2014

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

Total Amount Raised
Since launching in 2014, the event has seen 6,163 people take part to raise AU$199,843.

What’s Next 
The redevelopment will see a family centered approach to care as well as a more child-friendly, colourful, functional ward for the young people of Townsville and its surrounding communities.

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Run Sunshine Coast

LAUNCHED 2014

The Project
The expansion of the Sunshine Coast’s Child Development Service, in collaboration with Wishlist – a local foundation that raises money to support the region’s health services.

Total Amount Raised
Just over 4,000 participants have taken part in Run Sunshine Coast since the event launched in 2014, raising AU$153,264.

What’s Next
This project aims to improve service capabilities and facilities with the addition of new play areas, space for group education sessions, treatment space and equipment. A new community based clinic will also be developed to extend services to patients aged 6-13 years.

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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.