Here's a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to share some quality family time while everyone gets some fresh air, exercise, meets new people, gives the dog a run and all the time you can drink in beautiful vistas and catchy laughter.
This great family day out is held in May every year at the Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks. This year the big day is on Sunday, 21 May, 2017 with three big events taking place. These are the:
1km Kids Dash;
10km Run/Walk; and
Fun Runs are all about early starts and the Rotary Fun Run is not about to fool around with that fine tradition. Scheduling for the day is: 7:00am Registration 8:00am Start 1km Kids Dash 8:35am Start 10km runners and walkers 8:45am Start 5km runners and walkers 10:00am Course closed and presentations to category and event winners.
Note to all:
Make sure you are there in time to see the Kids Dash at 8.00am to witness the littlies putting in some serious dashing or, even better still, see them drag their parents down the track for support – believe me, the kids have a great time.
Just like previous years there is a school challenge running where the biggest team, and that can be made up of students, parents, teachers and their dogs as members, will win a $200 Rebel Sports voucher for the sports department of their school – no more detentions if you can organise that!
Only kids under 10 years of age can officially enter the 1km Kids Dash (the kids, in turn, can tug their parents onto the track but those parents are not official runners). After that, there is no limit on the competitors and 'funsters' joining in the other events.
Entry costs have been kept low to encourage whole families to enter. Make sure you bring all the kids, Grandma, Grandpa, babies in strollers and even the family dog. It's even possible to make it more economical by forming up into a team and/or family of four participants or more. So, come on, go online here and register yourself and your family in one or more of the following categories and let your fun begin:
Kids (children under 10 years of age)
Junior (17 years of age and under)
Adult (18 years of age and over)
Team (an affiliation of four or more entrants); and
The costs for entry are:
Kids Dash - $15;
Juniors - $20;
Adults - $30;
Teams of more than four people - $25 per person; and
Although it's known as a FUN Run/Walk there is a serious side to the day and Rotary Centenary and Taylor Bridge are working hard to raise funds to help the community. The major beneficiaries are The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre, BeefBank and the Rotary Drought Appeal.
The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Care Centre (Choices)
Choices is located in the historic Drysllwyn House in Auchenflower and is a calm, caring and safe place for people with all types of cancers. Patients receive appropriate support and information to meet their physical, practical and emotional needs following a diagnosis of cancer. This unique, free community service for women and men is backed by surgical, oncological and allied health service professionals through the Wesley Hospital. For more information please check out this link.
Another great part of the day will be the special presentation where the two Rotary Clubs will present a cheque of $25,000 to the Wesley Choices program. A fantastic opportunity to help support and applaud some really worthwhile fundraising by the two clubs.
BeefBank BeefBank has been set up to supply fresh meat protein to FoodBank for its distribution to soup kitchens, school breakfast programs and similar organisations providing meals for the needy. Discover more information on this worthwhile cause here.
The Rotary Drought Appeal The Rotary Drought Appeal has raised over $200,000 for families in drought affected regions. Operating a voucher system, families can purchase goods from their local business thus helping disadvantaged families while also supporting small business in the towns.
This is a great event with something for everybody even if you can't run why not try a 'fun walk'? Come and have some fun with your friends and family or sign up and prove something to yourself whatever you do you will be helping yourself, those you love and the whole community. You've got nothing to lose and everything to win; have fun and enjoy the experience and, at the same time, help some worthy causes helping the sick and needy.
For more information take a look at the website here or check out the Rotary Fun Run/Walk web page here, Facebook page here or, if you have any questions, contact the organiser, Graham Osterfield, on 0418 888 123.