21 brave competitors from across the country are today (Tuesday, June 28) in Adelaide for the second of 7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days as part of Australia’s biggest charity run to protect kids – the Bravehearts 777.
Flying in last night from yesterday’s marathon series opener in Perth, participants will battle through the pain barrier to run a 42-kilometre circuit around the River Torrens culminating at the Adelaide Oval.
Hailed as the ultimate fundraising adventure for ordinary people who want to make an extraordinary difference, the Bravehearts 777 raises funds and awareness to help national child protection organisation Bravehearts educate, empower and protect Aussie kids from sexual assault.
Among the runners is South Australia’s own marathon man Chris ‘Glacks’ Glacken, who has dedicated years to running endurance events to raise money for charity. Around 100 competitors will join the 777 big guns across each location in individual legs of the marathon series.
This afternoon they will depart Adelaide Airport to attempt further marathons in Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Kingscliff and the Gold Coast as they lay it all on the line to give hope to the Aussie kids enduring their own personal marathons.
Around 100 competitors will join the 777 big guns across each location in individual legs of the marathon series.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston says the Bravehearts 777 is about activating ‘children’s champions’ in the community to make a real difference for Aussie kids.
"This event is an incredible opportunity to become a true hero for kids in your community, raising funds and awareness to help prevent a crime which we know is preventable,” she says.
“It’s about taking big steps for little people, while embarking on a personal challenge that gives hope and encouragement to kids impacted by child sexual assault to break their silence.”
The event has raised $250,000 and Bravehearts is hoping to reach $300,000 through public support. Funds go towards a suite of holistic child protection services including education and training and specialist counselling and support for children and their families affected by child sexual assault.