LAST Sunday the streets of Ballarat were alive with 5,775 participants who laced up and got involved in the fourth annual Run Ballarat, raising more than $162,400 for the Children’s Ward at Ballarat Health Services. The Children’s Ward, which treats close to 2,500 patients each year, has been in use for more than two decades and is in need of redevelopment. “It was wonderful to see so many members of the community come together and participate in this year’s Run Ballarat,” said BHS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe. “Thanks to funds raised through the last three events, planning is well advanced for the first stage of the redevelopment.” Angela Williams took out the City of Ballarat 12km Run for the females, the male winner was Chris Beechey, Courtney Scott was the first female to cross the line for the Cotton On BODY 6 km Run, Jesse Fullerton was the first male to cross the line.
This year, the event day experience was bigger and better, with participants soaking up the atmosphere at the Festival Event Village and enjoying an exclusive show by Aussie superstar, Samantha Jade, who performed her new hit, Shake That. Community Projects Manager at the Cotton On Group, Sam McGuane, said he was thrilled at the number of people from Ballarat and surrounding communities who participated in this year’s event and enjoyed the new Festival Event Village. “Over the past four years, the local community has been very supportive of Run Ballarat and having the Festival and a special act like Samantha Jade was a way for us to thank participants for their ongoing support and the contribution they have made to redevelop the Children’s Ward at Ballarat Base Hospital.” Run Ballarat forms part of the Cotton On Group’s Run Australia program, which delivers community events in regional locations across Australia, catering for all ages and abilities, to fund major children’s healthcare projects in the communities where the events are held. Since Its inception in 2009, Run Australia has raised $3.8 million, with events taking place in Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Ballarat and Geelong.