Over the next few weeks Melbourne turns it on for charity with some exciting fitness events happening across the city. From swimming, to walking to running, there has been no better time to not only get fit (or start that fitness regime you might have neglected over the Summer) but help good causes whilst doing it.
Melbourne Swim Classic (28 February)
Raising money for over 600 charities, the Melbourne Swim Classic will take place at St Kilda beach on the 28th of Feb 2015; the event will feature a variety of swimming courses for all ages and skill levels, from a free-to-enter 200m swim, to a competitive 5km open water swim. The event was started by Floyd Taylor, who suffers from a rare blood disorder, which means he has no white blood cells and no immune system; Floyd started swimming as a means of strengthening his lungs as his illness has resulted in hundreds of bouts of pneumonia and chest infections over the years.
Aussie swimming champion Dawn Fraser is working with us as an ambassador and will be attending the swim on the day. We also have the support of Sam Sheppard (5 time Lorne Pier to Pub winner), 11 year old autism sufferer Annie Beard, and 15 year old Dan Canta who is in training to become the youngest Australian male to cross the English Channel – all of whom are participating in the swim.
The carnival will kick off with a 5 kilometre and 2.5 kilometre swim, followed by the 400m St Kilda Swim Classic, 400m kids swimming event, a free-to-enter 200m swim, a 1200m swim and finishing off with a 4×400 metre club relay.
Participants are encouraged to register online in advance, and registrations will open on site on the day from 9:00am.
Breakfast Around the Tan (15 March)
On Sunday March 15th Diabetes Australia – Vic, who are this year’s charity sponsor for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, are hosting ‘Breakfast Around the Tan’ – a walk around the Tan Track in order to raise funds for diabetes and promote healthy eating.
Join hundreds of Melburnians for a breakfast-on- the-move around the city’s most popular walking trail, affectionately known to locals as The Tan. Take a leisurely stroll around the leafy greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with pit stops at five breakfast stations filled with nutritious breakfast options to kick-start your day. All-ages activities will be on offer at the start and end of the walk, including yoga and lifestyle sessions. Due to the nature of this event, start times will be staggered and you can enter your preferred start time when booking. Melbourne Food and Wine will donate 5% of your ticket price to Diabetes Australia – Vic
For more information on ticket prices and the event visit http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/event-calendar/breakfast-around-the-tan-presented-by-diabetes-australia-vic-5576
Run for the Kids (22 March 2015)
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Run For the Kids fun run which is run to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. As in previous years, the run encompasses a 15.5km length course that takes runners through the Domain Tunnel and over the Bolte Bridge, and a 5.4km run that, for the first time, also goes through the Domain Tunnel that is a better distance for those who want to be part of the day without the longer running distance.
In the Herald Sun/CityLink Run for the Kids, all participants have the opportunity to be sponsored by family, friends and workmates. All money raised by sponsored runners will go to the Good Friday Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal
The 10th anniversary Run For The Kids is on Sunday 22nd March 2015 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.To enter, register via www.runforthekids.com.au