$1.3m raised in spectacular Run for the Kids

Run for the Kids 2024
Brendan Rees

More than 25,000 people gathered in Docklands in a heartwarming display of community spirit to participate in the Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids, raising an incredible $1.3 million.

Families and individuals from all walks of life made their way out of the Docklands precinct and over the Bolte Bridge, with those on the long course also running through the Domain Tunnel on March 17.

All funds were raised for the Good Friday Appeal with Transurban adding $80,000 to the $1.22 million raised by everyday heroes and families.

Transurban CEO Michelle Jablko said the start/finish line area in Docklands was abuzz with supporters and sponsors giving the area a festive atmosphere and the celebration of a community united for the event, which is now in its 18th year.

“It’s a privilege to open up CityLink in support of a cause that provides life-changing assistance for our community, often on their most challenging days,” she said.

“This year’s massive crowd was amazing, and we hope everyone enjoyed the course – especially those views from the Bolte Bridge.”

Good Friday Appeal executive director Rebecca Cowan said her team was grateful to everyone who participated and generously donated.

“Your support ensures The Royal Children’s Hospital continues to provide world class medical care for sick kids and their families.”



This year’s men’s winner Andy Buchanan was the fastest on the long course with the Bendigo teacher clocking in 42 minutes and 28 seconds. Charlotte Wilson collected her third crown with the osteopath racing home in 51 minutes and 47 seconds.

“This year I had a bit of an injury and I’ve been focusing on a marathon later this year, so I was pretty excited to come and run today, it was good fun,” Mr Buchanan said.

Ms Wilson said, “I really love this event with everyone supporting you – it’s such a great atmosphere and I’m glad to be back doing it”.

“The work that we put in is nothing compared to what these kids have to fight against”. •

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