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‘Go the distance’ to help charities fight heart disease & cancer

30 April 2012 5,090 views 2 Comments

go the distanceDid you know that heart disease and cancer together account for nearly two out of three deaths in South Australia each year?

Now there’s a new way that we can all help to raise more than $2 million for better treatment and cures, with registrations now open for go the distance.

This new annual community fundraising initiative was officially launched at the National Wine Centre on Friday 27th April with the help of ambassador, former Olympian Amber Halliday.

Amber Halliday said she was proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, which also promotes healthy active lifestyles.

“This event is open to anyone no matter what their age or fitness level,” Amber said. “I encourage anyone who has been affected by heart disease or cancer, either directly or indirectly, to take up the challenge and go the distance for this fantastic cause.”

Participants are required to raise a minimum of $1,500 with the money raised going towards the research programs supported by four South Australian charities who have joined forces for this fundraising drive: the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation, Heart Foundation, Leukaemia Foundation Australia and Little Heroes Foundation.

To register, go to www.gothedistance.org.au and follow the step-by-step guide on how to become a ‘Challenger’. It costs $50 to register and to then to be eligible to compete in the physical challenge, participants must raise a minimum of $1,500 as an individual or individuals in a team. Families are required to raise a total of $3,000.

Of course, anyone can register as a volunteer or help by supporting a challenger or making a donation!

The four charities will  support fundraisers to achieve their fundraising target by providing online resources, including tips and ideas in our Fundraising Toolkit, and by conducting information sessions.

The challenge will culminate in a walk, ride and run event on Sunday 28th October. Starting and finishing at West Beach, participants can choose their physical challenge – a 7km or 21.1km run (half marathon), 7km walk or a 30km, 50km or 107km bike ride, which travels along the coast and throughout the Adelaide Hills.

go the distance is proudly sponsored by Foodland, Health Partners, Channel 7 and The Advertiser. For more information follow @GoTheDistanceSA on Twitter, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gothedistanceadelaide or go to www.gothedistance.org.au.

 

2 Comments »

  • Becky said:

    The website http://www.gothedistance.org.au is not accessible!
    Something about a server error.

  • Mark Gamtcheff (author) said:

    Seems to be working now… Thanks for the heads up!

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