Join Australia’s biggest run to protect Aussie kids – the Bravehearts 777
It's the ultimate fundraising adventure for everyday people who want to achieve extraordinary feats with registrations
now open for the mighty 2016 Bravehearts 777.
You will need a big heart and plenty of stamina to tackle this test of endurance – 7 marathons across 7 states in 7 days – or choose to run any one of the individual state legs.
Participants are signing up to take on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money to protect Aussie kids against child sexual assault.
Held from June 27 – July 3, seven 42-kilometre marathons will be staged across Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Kingscliff and culminating in Australia’s largest marathon on the beautiful Gold Coast alongside more than 25,000 competitors.
All 777 runners will be mentored by three-time Uncle Toby Ironman series winner Guy Andrews, who will provide encouragement and assistance with fitness, training and motivation from the moment you register to when you cross the finish line on the Gold Coast.
“Bravehearts is calling on ‘children’s champions’ across Australia to lay it all on the line to give hope to the Aussie kids enduring their own personal marathons,” says Andrews.
“Participants can register for the national event (seven marathons) or for one or more state legs with both individuals and teams encouraged to get involved.
“You don’t have to be a professional athlete to get involved. You can run or walk the course and the only requirement is wanting to make a difference for Aussie kids.”
2015 participant Ian Richards reflected on what it meant to be involved in the Bravehearts 777.
“So many people have been involved in this and I can’t thank them enough – my wife, my kids, people I know from work, friends, family, running clubs – you guys all stood together as one to help protect kids,” he says.
“That's what this is about – people standing together and a whole community response to people who take the trust away from our children. We’ve got to keep talking about it and making it real. My kids deserve to be safe and so do yours.”
National runners (all seven marathons) will commit to raising $10,000 which includes all flights, transfers, accommodation and meals throughout the week. Fundraising goals for individual and team participants in state legs are $500 and $250 per person per race respectively.
Funds raised go towards Bravehearts personal safety education program ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ and the delivery of specialist support services to children and families affected by child sexual assault.
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.”