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Great Ocean Road Running Festival News

13th March 2019

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is extremely proud and excited to be the OFFICIAL CHARITY of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival for the sixth year and to be able to provide a direct benefit back to communities located along the race route.

Given continued cuts to government spending coupled with over 2.8 million visitors a year, our small communities must generate additional funding to maintain and improve health services for locals and visitors alike.

Since inception in 1999 the Health Foundation have distributed over $350,000 in grants to the local community and over $200,000 has been distributed from the Great Ocean Road Marathon/Running Festival in just 5 years.  See a full list of grants we’ve given and organisations who’ve benefited from the Health Foundation in the last 20 years on our website www.abhealthfoundation.org.

Please help us by giving something back to our local
who are supporting you at this iconic event.


If you’ve participated previously you’ll know what a tremendous job the Volunteers do…

Keeping the route safe by marshalling the roads

Providing refreshments to competitors

Ensuring safe and efficient transfer of your bags and

Importantly, helping to clean up the Great Ocean Road after the event

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation source and organise all of the volunteers from Wye River to Apollo Bay so that your Running Festival experience will be a great one.  We were thrilled with your enthusiastic comments on social media about the enthusiasm and support provided to you by our Volunteers – it was overwhelming!

If you would like to volunteer for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival and raise some funds for your local community group (Apollo Bay & District and along the GOR to Wye River) please contact Pip on 0417 582 407 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


If you’re registered to run for in any of the events of the Running Festival you can Run4Us by signing up with Everyday Hero to fundraise and select the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation as your Charity

Go to gorrf2019.everydayhero.com/au/get-started


If you’d like to make a donation directly to the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation to help us to maintain and improve health services to communities along the Great Ocean Road you can...

Make a runner’s donation when you register - go to greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au;

Drop a few coins into one of our tins around town and in our marquee at the Running Festival;

Drop into the Apollo Bay Community Bank in Pascoe St and ask to make a deposit directly into the Apollo Bay & District Charity Account (please include your name as the reference);

Send a cheque made out to Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation Inc. to
      PO Box 140, Apollo Bay VIC 3233

Go to Everyday Hero (nfp.everydayhero.com/au/apollo-bay-and-district-health-foundation-inc-1) and select 'Give Now'.

If you’d like to make a bequest please contact our Treasurer, John Curry, on 0447 047 465 for further details.

We look forward to working with and for you again this year.




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