The Ballarat Foundation today launched what will be Ballarats largest mass participation fundraising event, ‘Run for a Cause’ at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre in front of local media, City of Ballarat Representatives, State Labour candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison, charity partners, and event sponsors.
Filling the void left by ‘Run Ballarat’, the event will bring together schools, businesses and community groups to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity in our region. Ballarat Foundation CEO, Matt Jenkins highlighted a study by … that more than 12% of Ballarat’s population reached out to food charities at least once each year for emergency food relief with over a third of these being children.
“These statistics surprise many people. As a community we must work together to make food accessible for everyone. Whether that’s volunteering with one of our charity partner programs, businesses providing in kind support, donating money, or simply entering one of our 4 events at Run for a Cause, we can all help in some capacity.”
– Matt Jenkins, CEO Ballarat Foundation.
The event aims to raise over $90,000 in it’s first year, with the Foundation being overwhelmed with community support already. At the launch Julian Spence, local marathon runner and owner of the Ballarat Running Company, sent a video message to the attendees from Central Park New York, whilst in his final preparations for the Berlin Marathon. Julian has authored two training programs for participants to prepare for the event on November 18.
Registrations were officially declared open by ambassador Steve Moneghetti, who also sent a video message.
Labour Candidate for Wendouree, Juliana Addison chats with Ballarat Community Health CEO, Robyn Reeves.
Alicia Matthews from Golden Nugget Bakery gave an overview of their involvement with food relief programs with Anglicare Victoria.