ARTICLE: THE COURIER By Rochelle Kirkham
The Ballarat Foundation is expecting around 2,500 people to participate in Run for a Cause on Sunday to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity in Ballarat.
Registrations had previously been promoted as closing on Thursday November 15 at 12pm.
Ballarat Foundation chief executive Matt Jenkins said up to 1,400 people had already registered for the event, but he was expecting up to 15 per cent of entries to come in the last 24 hours.
He said the event was expected to raise around $30,000 for the Feed Ballarat Appeal and six charity partners working to deliver food relief to those in need in Ballarat.
Uniting Ballarat, The Salvation Army, Food is Free Inc, Ballarat Community Health, Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and Anglicare Victoria have been selected as charity partners.
More than 12 per cent of people in Ballarat experience food insecurity, Ballarat Community Health research shows.
Almost 80 per cent of people in Ballarat who are food insecure experience moderate to sever hunger.
Watch the Ballarat Foundation’s video on food insecurity in Ballarat below.
Mr Jenkins said he was most looking forward to seeing so many people support a great cause at the event.
“There is a great energy when so many passionate people come together in the one place,” he said.
Run for a Cause will feature five and 10-kilometre runs, a 5km family walk and 1km children’s dash based at Victoria Park and taking in Lake Wendouree. The flat course is designed to suit all abilities.