12 Hr Treadmill Challenge in support of Very Special Kids
held at Core24 Gym Frankston
Raised over $22,000 in 2019
After missing 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions we are aiming to be back again next year
on a Sunday in October 2021
Very Special Kids provides hospice and extensive out-patient support services to children and families suffering serious and usually life-threatening health conditions.
For a number of years, VSK has operated a 24Hr Treadmill Challenge adjacent to its Hawthorn based hospice as one of its major fundraising initiatives. We approached them earlier this year about running a local community-based version of their event – a first for VSK.
Out of those discussions came our 12Hr Treadmill Challenge run at the Core24 Gym in Frankston on Sunday, October 20, 2019. With an original target of $20k, we raised over $22k with a little more still to come in.
Local companies were encouraged to pay a $1k sponsorship to secure a branded treadmill. Each then put together a team of runners/walkers made up of staff, family and friends, who were rostered to be on the treadmill for 30 minute shifts across the 12 hours. All participants were encouraged to do their own individual fundraising, with the entire fundraising managed online.
In our 1st year, we had 8 treadmills with over 150 participants throughout the day. Our Treadmills were supported by Core24, Lite ‘n Easy, Ray White Frankston, Willerbys Solicitors, Lifecare Physio, Frankston Police, Rotary Frankston Sunrise. But probably the team that everyone really enjoyed was the team from Focus Individualised Support Services with half their running team made up of their amazing, enthusiastic and always smiling disabled clients, who like everyone else were on a treadmill and raising funds for Very Special Kids. The team that took away the trophy for the highest fundraising effort were Lite ‘n Easy, who also kept participants looked after with a supply of their healthy snacks which were gratefully received after a workout!
Beyond exceeding our financial target, our learnings have led us already to commit to a 2nd event same time next year. We have plans to significantly grow both the event and our fundraising efforts. The reaction of our sponsoring partners was excellent, with all keen to come back next year with their own plans to make their involvement larger. For their part, Very Special Kids is beyond pleased and is keen to use this event as a template for rolling out similar events across their regional operations across the state.
Check out the photos below for some of the fun of our
We exceeded our 1st year target, raising over $22,000 for this wonderful organisation
8 sponsored treadmills and over 150 participants, running and walking for 12 hours - 8am - 8pm
Teams from Core24 Fitness, Lite 'n Easy, Willerby's Solicitors, Ray White Frankston, Lifecare Physio Frankston, Focus Individualised Support Services, Frankston Police and Rotary Frankston Sunrise
Plenty of extra volunteers were on hand to support our runners - Rotarians, partners and family members, Very Special Kids Volunteers and Lite 'n Easy healthy snacks
It was great to have clients from Focus Individualised Support Services doing their bit on the treadmills!
Plenty of Rotarians were on hand throughout the day to lend their support
Not all the volunteer supporters were useful all the time!
Some runners really got into the spirit of things!
Winner of the Team Fundraising Challenge - Lite 'n Easy - coming back next year to defend their title!
Some very interesting fashion choices from the Core24 Team!
Matt from Lifecare Physio Frankston was on hand as a Treadmill Sponsor, runner and providing free massages to help our participants recover
Frankston Police were on hand too - not for security, but to support their Blue Runners Team - and there was some serious running talent amongst them guaranteed to outrun any offenders!