JOHNNO’S run is back.
And the team has bigger goals than ever.
After a huge haul in the past two years, the team is looking to smash their previous efforts and raise $85,000 this year.
Run Melbourne is the major fun run for the not-for-profit community with thousands of people taking part to support a charity.
Johnno’s Run is supporting Echuca’s Community Living and Respite Services (CLRS) to fund a supported housing project in Moama for people with disabilities and their families.
It all started in 2014 when a 16-year-old Brady Johnson set an ambitious goal of raising between $7000 and $10,000 for CLRS.
He enlisted the help of Brett Sands, Brady Threlfall, Charlotte Pearson, Wendy Nolan and Jen Maclean and smashed his goal, raising a staggering $30,000.
“The support we had was great and I was really proud to raise so much for a great cause,” Brady said.
“We’ve got another great team assembled so hopefully we can do even better this year.”
With a group of 120 people already on the team, they are quietly confident of breaking their previous fundraising record.
Brett Sands said the phenomenal support from the Echuca-Moama community never ceased to amaze him.
“We had 14 people in the team that first year - that was an amazing level of support. The growth in community support since then has blown us away,” he said.
“Thanks to all that support we were able to raise $80,000 and $70,000 at the past two events.
“We’re aiming for a team of 200 this year and encourage everyone to get involved. It’s for all abilities and there are a range of events to cater for all fitness levels.
“People can run and walk 5km, 10km or 21km, so there is a distance for everyone including first timers.
“We’re hoping to get some corporate teams on board as well. It’s a great team building event and it’s all for a good cause.
“And aside from the fundraising, it’s a fun way to get some exercise and meet great people.”
Run Melbourne is on July 29. To get involved or to donate visit goo.gl/Y8PY4Z
Some team members train on Monday at 5.15pm at Scenic Dr and a walking group train on Fridays from 6.15am at Scenic Dr.
■For more information contact CLRS on 5480 2388 or visit clrs.org.au