Inspiring day for the kids brings in $1.5 million for the Good Friday Appeal
A sea of feet swarmed over the Bolte Bridge as over 22,000 Victorians raised $1.5 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal at the Herald Sun | Transurban Run for the Kids today.
The generous efforts of participants in the 14th edition of Victoria’s favourite fun run, and the additional donation of $80,000 from principal sponsor Transurban, has pushed the total funds raised for the Appeal to over $18.6 million since the event’s inception in 2006.
“It’s great to see people come together to do some really important work and that is to ensure our hospital is able to offer outstanding care to our children,” Anne Randall, Director of the Good Friday Appeal, said.
“It’s also lovely to be getting some exercise while exploring the parts of our great city that we normally only drive through.
“This makes me a very proud Melburnian to think that thousands of people unite on a Sunday morning for a common purpose. We all recognise that nothing is as important as the health of our children.”
This year for the first time both the short and long courses started and finished at the Docklands’ Harbour Esplanade with both routes going over the Bolte Bridge.
Melbourne turned on the weather creating perfect conditions and a spectacular backdrop for all the participants.
“It was wonderful to see so many people embrace the spirit of this great event while taking in some of the best views of Melbourne over the Bolte Bridge,” Wes Ballantine, Transurban Group Executive Victoria and Strategy said.
“Thank you to everyone who ran, walked, volunteered or donated to support a cause so close to Victorians’ hearts.”
Amongst the everyday heroes on the course today were Woodlea Short Course ambassador and AFLW and netball star Sharni Layton, Essendon Football Club’s John Worsfold and Dyson Heppell, Mazda Ambassador Matty Wilsonand celebrity chef Shane Delia along with a large crew from Channel 7 including Peter Mitchell, Tim Watson, Tom Browne, Melina Sarris, Jacqueline Felgate, Georgia Comensoli, Hannah Jenkins, Leonie Keenand Rachel Ward.
The 12.8km long course had the unique opportunity of not only running over the Bolte Bridge, but also going past the Royal Children’s Hospital and many of the participants took the opportunity to slow down and wave at the brave patients, doctors, nurses and families inside.
Fresh from representing Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark, Harry Summers (Templestowe) took the victory in the 12.8km long course in a time of 37 minutes 55 seconds.
“It’s a great course. Great views of Melbourne going over the bridge. It got quite a bit windy up there, but it was really nice,” Summers said post-race.
“It’s great doing this race for such a great charity, all the money that’s raised is fantastic.”
He was closely followed by Olympian Liam Adams from Moonee Ponds who came in second and Andy Buchanan from Bendigo who finished third.
Tarli Bird from Echuca finished first for the women in a time of 45 minutes six seconds.
“I loved the new course, especially running towards the Docklands and seeing the view over the bay – it was a great way to end to the run,” Bird said
“There were so many supporters outside the [Royal Children’s] Hospital. It was a fantastic vibe to see all the signs and messages along the way.”
She was followed by Charlotte Wilson from Moonee Ponds for second and Karinna Fyfe from Launceston for third.
The 5.2km Woodlea short course male and female winners were Michael Kernahan from Cheltenham in 16:35 and Katie Seibold from St Kilda in 19:30.
There were no shortage of smiles and hugs as finishers from the Woodlea short course made their way back to the Docklands after a trip over the picturesque Bolte Bridge.
Tom Salom, Run for the Kids Chairman, said it was fantastic to see so many generous Victorians taking part in the event in which more than half of the entry fee is donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
“It truly was an inspiring day and our team at the Herald Sun are absolutely delighted to be involved in this fantastic event,” Salom said.
“To have raised $1.5 million today and over $18.6 million over the last 14 years is outstanding and I want to thank everyone who came out to show their support for such an important cause.”
2019 Herald Sun | Transurban Run for the Kids – Winners
Men’s 12.8 km long course:
1. Harry Summers (Templestowe) – 37:55
2. Liam Adams (Moonee Ponds) – 38:16
3. Andy Buchanan (Bendigo) – 38:36
Wheelchair 12.8km long course:
1. Samuel Rizzo (Buninyong) – 35:48
2. Richard Coleman (Highton) – 40:19
Women’s 12.8km long course:
1. Tarli Bird (Echuca) – 45:06
2. Charlotte Wilson (Moonee Ponds) – 45:23
3. Karinna Fyfe (Launceston) – 46:05
Men’s 5.2km Woodlea short course:
1. Michael Kernahan (Cheltenham) – 16:35
2. Josh McLeod (Camberwell) – 16:45
3. Samuel Rattray (Camberwell) – 17:03
Women’s 5.2km Woodlea short course:
1. Katie Seibold (St. Kilda) – 19:30
2. Rachel Waters (Lara) – 20:03
3. Fieke Van Der Kamp (Diamond Creek) – 20:36
A souvenir results liftout will be available in this Tuesday’s Herald Sun with full results online at www.runforthekids.com.au.
Tune into Channel 7 tonight at 6pm for full coverage of today’s events.
Here are a few of the highlights on the day. Stay tuned on Tuesday for the full photo gallery!