Monthly Archives: June 2023

A young woman is standing outdoors, she is wearing running clothes and is showing a medal around her neck while smiling at the camera. There are other runners and spectators in the background.

Sarah’s fundraising challenge

Last month, Team Very Special Kids member, Sarah, braved the cold weather to take on the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, raising more than $1,300 for Very Special Kids. Reflecting on the big day Sarah shares:

“The run on Sunday was an incredible experience. Not only did I get to challenge myself physically, but knowing that every step I took was helping children and families in need made it even more meaningful. It was a beautiful day, and the support from fellow runners and the community was overwhelming.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to fundraise for Very Special Kids. Their work in providing essential care and support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families is truly remarkable. It’s an organisation that holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad that I could contribute to their cause.

“I hope to continue making a difference and supporting causes that are dear to me. Let’s keep spreading positivity and making the world a better place together.”

If you would like to take on a very special challenge like Sarah, learn more about our upcoming community fundraising events Run Melbourne and Nike Melbourne Marathon.

24 hours of motion for 24-hour care

On Friday, more than 800 individuals teamed up for the Very Special Kids 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge.

The atmosphere was electric in the marquee – colourful costumes, live entertainment and former AFL stars motivated participants as they took on 24 hours of treadmill motion for 24-hour respite and end-of-life care.

We are thrilled to announce we have raised more than $700,000! Thank you to each and every participant, team captain and donor for their support. You have helped to provide 24-hour care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

We captured some great snaps that you can view and download here.

Sending a virtual high five to all the below award winners, thank you so much for your incredible efforts!

Individual awards

  • Highest fundraising individual – Belinda Muir $19,511
  • 2nd highest fundraising individual – Glenn Carmody $16,640
  • 3rd highest fundraising individual – Paul Hallam $14,321
  • Highest fundraising individual (under 18 years old) – Cara Lukav $4,144
  • Best dressed – Chris James

Team awards

  • Highest fundraising team – ALH Hotels $139,201
  • 2nd highest fundraising team – Honan-With you all the way $102,633
  • 3rd highest fundraising team $88,548
  • Team spirit – Woods & Co

Every participant is a winner to us. We are so grateful to everyone who gave up their time to help keep our treadmills in motion for 24 hours. Special shout out to the 500 club who raised over $500 each for the children and families in our care.

We’d also like to acknowledge Jimmy Bartel from 3AW for taking on his own very special walk and raising almost $10,000 for Very Special Kids – read more here. Also, thank you to Corrs Chamber Westgarth for taking on their own onsite challenge.

A big thank you to our event sponsors, 3AW, Novofit and Genesis. The 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge would not have been possible without the support of many other participating organisations, in kind supporters, MCs and entertainment. Our volunteers also put in invaluable time and effort to bring this amazing event to life.

While the event may be finished, you can still support the 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge until June 30. Donate here.

Let’s begin the countdown for the 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge in 2024!