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Run Ballarat ambassadors Gorgi and Simon Coghlan and their daughter Molly-Rose

R E G I S T R A T I O N S OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR 2015 RUN BALLARAT RUN Australia is excited to announce its return to Ballarat with registrations now open for the fourth annual Run Ballarat taking place on Sunday 11th October.

Run Ballarat is proudly co-organised by Cotton On and Adroit Insurance Group and presented by GMHBA. The event which has raised in excess of half a million dollars since its inaugural year in 2012, will again see 100 per cent of registration fees go towards the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Ballarat Health Services.

With events for all ages and abilities on offer, Run Ballarat participants can register in the City of Ballarat 12km Run, Cotton On BODY 6km

Run, QBE Foundation 6km Family Walk or, the Cotton On KIDS 1km Run for children aged 4 to 12 years. “Ballarat Health Services is thrilled to welcome back Run Ballarat for 2015. It has been fantastic to see so many community members get behind the event in previous years and we look forward to their continued support on Sunday 11 October,” said Ballarat Health Services Chief Executive Officer Andrew Rowe.

“The Children’s Ward at Ballarat Base Hospital treats around 2,000 children each year with an average length of stay of two days. Funds raised through Run Ballarat will enable us to upgrade and improve our facilities, so we can offer patients and their families from across the Grampians Region access to a state-of-the-art paediatric and adolescent ward,” Mr Rowe continued. Joining Run Ballarat as ambassadors in 2015 are Australian Television Presenter and local Ballarat resident Gorgi Coghlan, along with her husband Simon and their 4 year old daughter MollyRose.

Zia, age 5 a regular patient of Ballarat Base Children’s Hospital, will be joining the Coghlan family this year as Run Ballarat’s youth ambassador. Zia’s mum Estelle said her daughter is honoured to be the 2015 youth ambassador and is looking forward to helping raise funds for the Hospital community that has been supportive of her and her family. “Our family is really excited about being involved in Run Ballarat this year. The Ballarat Base Hospital has been absolutely phenomenal in helping our little Zia, they always ensure she feels as comfortable as possible during her stay,” said Estelle. “Zia feels like the hospital staff are an extension of our family and we are so happy to have been given this opportunity to support and say thanks for everything they have done for us,” she continued. The 12km and 6km courses begin at Sturt Street and follow a scenic route that takes in landmarks and roads normally off limits to the general public, including a lap of Lake Wendouree for the 12km event. The 1km kid’s course will wind around City Oval and have loads of on and off-course attractions and activities including jumping castles, balloon twisters and face painters.

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 health care 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, Newcastle, Wollongong, Ballarat and Geelong. For further information or to register for Run Ballarat visit the Run Australia website at www.runaustralia.com.au.