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Johnno ready to run

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June 12, 2018

Brett Sands and Brady Johnson are all set for Johnno's Run. Photo by Luke Hemer.

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

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