Lifeline Canberra CEO Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson has announced that overwhelming corporate support for the inaugural ‘Run for your Lifeline Canberra’ Fun Run and Half-Marathon will see over ten thousand dollars ($10,000 AUD) worth of prizes and give-aways on offer at the scenic new Majura Parkway event, Sunday 23 November 2014.
The business community in the Nation’s Capital has rallied behind the local suicide prevention service offering a range of prizes to the respective place-getters in the (three races) male and female categories.
With experienced event staff and volunteers from Lifeline Canberra organising and delivering the full event, funds raised via the anticipated 2,500 registrations will go directly towards training more Telephone Crisis Supporters at Lifeline Canberra, with the ultimate aim of stopping suicide in the community.
“The generosity of the ACT business community has been overwhelming,” said Ms Leeson.
“In addition to the incredible prizes on offer, we have live music, face painting and a jumping castle courtesy of the Gecko Gang for the whole family to enjoy at our Race HQ, situated at the foot of the beautiful Mt Majura Winery.”
Major corporate supporters of the event include Actew Water, Audi Centre Canberra and Prime7, with Fulton Hogan and Club Lime coming on board in recent days, the latter donating a range of gym memberships to the value of $10,000 including 12 months Platinum membership to the male and female winners of the Half-Marathon and 12 months Silver Membership to the male and female winners of the 10km race.
First to third place recipients in each race will each take home an etched glass trophy to recognise their achievement, while each participant will be taking home a commemorative race medallion.
Further support for participants and volunteers at the big event will be in the form of products or vouchers sourced from Athletes Foot Woden, Dendy, Rays Outdoor, Promoconcepts, The Muesli Bar, Rebel Sport Canberra City, Mt Franklin (Coca Cola Amatil), Hyatt Hotel Canberra and Clinic 88. These will be provided as rewards for effort or on the spot prizes.
Registrations to date have been consistent with a full gamut of entries from the community including 82 and 72 year old participants in the Half-Marathon, board member Stephen Moore, renown journeyman Sarge, the Cavalry Mascot, Capi (the new Canberra Capital’s giraffe mascot), Prime Possum and race Ambassador Madelaine Collignon committing to the 5km along with young Eleanor Dyne, from Radford College Junior School who has Cerebral Palsy, entering with a group of family and friends who will literally push her (in a racing chair) all the way!
Fundraising efforts surrounding the race are also ramping up with over $3,000 already pledged online via the GoFundraise (http://www.gofundraise.com.au/beneficiary/LifelineCanberra) platform.
This is a great opportunity for Canberrans to get out and get active in support of a great cause,” said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“The Majura Parkway will provide a new and interesting location for the run, with great landscape and scenery to keep you entertained along the way.
Residents of the ACT and region keen to participate have just 13 days to register before the early-bird race fee closes (price increases apply following 16 November) and should register now via the website (www.131114.org.au/lifeline-fun-run) to avoid disappointment as entries are strictly capped at 2,500.
It is requested that those wishing to come along to encourage family or friends who are participating in any of the races also register via the event website to assist with the Temporary Traffic Management and car parking arrangements.
Club Lime Prizes
1st, 2nd, 3rd female – 12 Month Platinum/6month Platinum/3 month Platinum
1st, 2nd, 3rd male – 12 Month Platinum/6month Platinum/3 month Platinum
1st, 2nd, 3rd female – 12 month Silver / 6 month Silver/ 3 month Silver
1st, 2nd, 3rd male – 12 month Silver / 6 month Silver/ 3 month Silver
1st, 2nd, 3rd female – 6 month Silver/3 month Platinum/ 3 month Silver
1st, 2nd, 3rd male – 6 month Silver/3 month Platinum/ 3 month Silver
Total value of memberships – $10,000
(Lifeline Canberra Media Release)