Associate Charities

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is extremely proud and excited to be the OFFICIAL CHARITY of the RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival for the ninth 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 $380,000 in grants to the local community and over $240,000 has been distributed from the Great Ocean Road Marathon/Running Festival for 7 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

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


If you’re registered to run in any of the events of the Running Festival you can sign up with Grassrootz to fundraise and select the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation as your Charity.

To set up your own Fundraising Page,  go directly to Apollo Bay & District Health Foundations Grassrootz account here & and select ‘start fundraising’.


If you’d like to make a donation directly to the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation you can…

    Make a donation upon registering, or go directly to Apollo Bay & District Health Foundations Grassrootz account here & and select ‘make a donation’.
    Drop a few coins into one of their tins around town or at their marquee within the Running Festival;


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) or the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation itself, please contact Pip on 0417 582 407 or email

Contact the Health Foundation

Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation Inc.
PO Box 140, Apollo Bay  VIC  3233
(03) 5237 7399


Join Team Alfred for The RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Critical care never stops at The Alfred.

One of Australasia’s busiest hospitals, The Alfred provides leading healthcare for more than 700,000 locals in inner-southern Melbourne, while servicing the wider Victorian community experiencing the most acute and complex conditions through our 18 statewide services.

The Alfred is the place that treats the most complex medical cases, where the seriously sick find expertise and hope.  We provide the most comprehensive range of adult specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria with almost 50% of our patients coming from across the state, and indeed the country. 

To support lifesaving care at The Alfred and join Team Alfred, and create your online fundraising page.

Your support will help the team at The Alfred deliver exceptional lifesaving care for critically ill patients. As part of the Team, you will run with staff, past patients, and supporters to raise funds for The Alfred. Once you fundraise $50 you will receive a free Team Alfred running shirt.

Any questions? Contact us at or call (03) 9076 3222.

For more information on The Alfred Foundation, visit our website: 

Join Team Alfred

Critical care never stops at The Alfred.

One of Australasia’s busiest hospitals, The Alfred provides leading healthcare for more than 700,000 locals in inner-southern Melbourne, while servicing the wider Victorian community experiencing the most acute and complex conditions through our 18 statewide services.

The Alfred is the place that treats the most complex medical cases, where the seriously sick find expertise and hope.  We provide the most comprehensive range of adult specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria with almost 50% of our patients coming from across the state, and indeed the country. 

To support lifesaving care at The Alfred and join Team Alfred, and create your online fundraising page.

Your support will help the team at The Alfred deliver exceptional lifesaving care for critically ill patients. As part of the Team, you will run with staff, past patients, and supporters to raise funds for The Alfred. Once you fundraise $50 you will receive a free Team Alfred running shirt.

Any questions? Contact us at or call (03) 9076 3222.

For more information on The Alfred Foundation, visit our website:


Join Team ACRF and dedicate your run to vital cancer research!

1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The remaining 2 will be closely affected by a diagnosis.

At Australian Cancer Research Foundation, we know that only brilliant ideas can tackle something as big as cancer.Your support allows us to back the brightest minds with the boldest ideas in cancer research. From large machines to small vaccines, ACRF funds the technology, equipment and infrastructure to help find new and improved ways prevent, detect and treat ALL types of cancer.  

Since 1984, thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve awarded 81 grants totalling over $171 million to 43 research institutions across Australia.

As a valued member of our running community, you will receive an ACRF branded running singlet and cap once you raise your first $100!

You will also have access to our free training program and nutrition guide, designed specifically for your race and distance so you’re fuelled and ready to run your absolute best. 

To get started, simply sign up for the event and set up your online fundraising page. The ACRF team will help guide and support you through your fundraising journey to help you reach your goal!

Find out more at

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

Join Team ASRC and clock up your Kilometres of Compassion to raise funds for people seeking asylum and families in need. 

By joining KMs of Compassion and fundraising for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, you can make an immediate impact, helping ensure people seeking asylum can rebuild their lives where it’s safe. 

We are honoured to work with more than 7,000 people each year in their long walk to freedom providing food, shelter and health services.

With inflation and the spiralling cost of living, people seeking asylum are more reliant on our services. Help us continue to support and empower people on their journey to freedom by joining KMs of Compassion.

As a valued member of our KMs community, you’ll receive a free KMs of Compassion Kit that includes your own KMs of Compassion shoelaces and water bottle when you register.

But the fun doesn’t end there. To recognise your amazing fundraising efforts you will receive a moisture-wicking t-shirt when you raise $105. And, if you really start smashing goals and raise $600, you will get a cooling towel that drops 15C when wet, perfect to cool off post race.
No matter what distance you run, run or roll the ASRC will be cheering you on from the finish line.

Get started now by setting up your fundraising page and we’ll be in touch to welcome you to Team ASRC and support you along the way.

Find out more about the ASRC at and reach out with any questions to


Berry Street is one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations, providing a diverse range of programs to over 35,000 children, young people and families in Victoria each year. Services include foster care, family violence support services, therapeutic programs, and the Berry Street School.

 The organisation also has a strong focus on early intervention and prevention to help children and families get the support they need so they can stay safely together.

 Berry Street believes that children, young people and families should be safe, thriving, and hopeful. 


60 years ago, childhood cancer was a death sentence. Today, 8 out of 10 children will survive. But there is much work to be done. Medical research is how we will cure all children of cancer.

With three children still dying every week from cancer in Australia, there is still more work to be done. But with the brightest brains, cutting-edge facilities and the greatest determination, we will get the job done.

Join our #GreenTeam and help find a cure for the 20 children every week diagnosed with cancer in Australia. When you raise $150, you’ll receive a FREE full running kit – including a Children’s Cancer Institute singlet, cap and sweatband!

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to cure childhood cancer and pioneer safer treatments for children.

We can and we will cure childhood cancer. It’s not if. It’s when

Find out more at


One Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer. We can change this, but only through research.
Cure Cancer is dedicated entirely to funding early-career cancer researchers who are working across all cancer types and all areas of cancer research.
Cure Cancer funds research grants to young, talented scientists across Australia. We partner with the best research institutions in the country to ensure our researchers are given the greatest opportunity for success.

Together we can make this the last generation to die from cancer.


Sadly, 9.6 million people die from cancer every year worldwide, and 1 Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, which is why Cure Cancer funds crucial research from bright young scientists working across all cancer types including rare cancers. Only research will give us the breakthroughs we need to find a cure.

Cure Cancer supports researchers at the start of their careers, when few other funding bodies will take the chance. In today’s research environment, funding is incredibly tight, meaning research grants are few and far between. The majority are awarded to scientists who have a proven track record of results, so very few grants are available to young researchers.

This has led to potentially lifesaving research from incredibly talented young minds going unexplored. We’re here to change that.

For more information, visit our website


Dementia Australia represents the almost half a million Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care.

Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families & carers. We provide advocacy, support services, education & information. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

With your generosity and support we can continue to provide services such as –

  • Operation of the National Dementia Helpline where people can talk to caring and experienced professionals;
  • Living with Memory Loss Programs where people can obtain information and talk confidentially with others in a similar situation;
  • Library and information services which provides access to dementia related consumer health information and services;
  • Providing Carer Support Groups in metropolitan and regional areas;
  • Assisting many in time of need with our education seminars, workshops and programs.


FightMND is driven by a singular and urgent purpose; a world without Motor Neurone Disease. We exist to champion hope and lead the fight to defeat ‘The Beast’ that is MND.

What FightMND has done since 2014 is be the voice, and the guiding star for Australians who want to fight the Beast.

The horrible and debilitating disease gradually takes away the patient’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breathe…all in an average timeframe of just 27 months.

FightMND has become one of the world’s largest independent funders of MND research funding large-scale collaborative research, drug development, clinical trials, and vital assistive equipment for Australians living with MND.

But the fight is far from over. Join the FightMND Army and help defeat the Beast that is MND. Every dollar raised takes us another step closer to a cure.

Simply sign up for the event, create your online fundraising page and the #FightMNDArmy will be there to support you every step of the way.

To learn more visit


Around 50 lives are lost each day in Australia due to coronary heart disease, more than any other cause, and it has profound impact on the families left behind. But there’s something that you can do to help.  

We believe in a future free of heart disease. With your support, we can help fund the next generation of innovative researchers to keep more families together.

The money you raise will go towards helping fund new research into the causes and treatment of heart disease, which will help keep families together.

It’s easy to get started. Simply sign up, create an online fundraising page and someone from our community fundraising team will be in touch to offer you support.

Do you have a question about joining the Heart Foundation team? Contact us at

For more information on the Heart Foundation visit



This is James Macready-Bryan’s story. In October 2006, on his 20th birthday, a night out with friends went terribly, terribly wrong. James was assaulted in an act of senseless violence. A knock-out punch sent his head slamming into the pavement, causing total, permanent and catastrophic brain injury. The sporty, life-loving student is now housed in a young people’s residential facility where he requires 24-hour care. He cannot move or speak and is fed through a tube. For young people with acquired brain injury – especially those not injured by a car or at work – support is often hard to find, complicated, underfunded and inefficient. The JMB Foundation was set up to try to make life a bit easier for families coping with the awful reality of catastrophic brain injury. ABI doesn’t discriminate. It could happen to any of us.

RUN FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T and help us to help young people with ABI

As you prepare to enter one of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival events, able-bodied and full of energy and hope, imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk, or see, or eat, or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury (ABI). Often their high care needs make living at home impossible and they are moved into aged care homes. The JMB Foundation raises money to help young people who, like James, are living with ABI. We do this by providing funds for care and services that would otherwise be completely out of financial reach for individuals and their families. The help we provide takes many forms, from funding for home modifications, such as the installation of ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, or equipment that assists with mobility or comfort levels, to contributing towards the cost of one-on-one care, remedial therapy, respite care or participation in community access activities. This funding is only possible with the generous support of our donors. Donations are the Foundation’s sole source of income and the money we raise is made available to approved applicants through a twice-yearly applications process. In 2021 JMB Foundation gave grants totalling almost $110,000 to provide support for young men and women with an ABI, and we know this funding has made a genuine difference to their care, comfort and quality of life.


When you register for your event, join the JMB Foundation Team. We’ll give you a free JMB Foundation  T-shirt or singlet to wear on the day.


When you register for an event, make sure you choose to fundraise for JMB Foundation. If you’ve already completed your registration but didn’t choose to fundraise, it’s not too late. You can still create a fundraising campaign for JMB Foundation here. With the generous support of our donors, the JMB Foundation can continue to provide the funding that makes such a difference to the lives of the young people we help. We aim to build our fundraising to enable us to expand our grants program so that in the future we can give even more financial assistance to a greater number of young men and women with an ABI, and help to improve life for them, their carers and their families. If you’d like more information or need any help, just drop us a line – – or visit our website:


Thousands of Australians live each day with a neurological condition. MS Plus (MS Plus Limited: ABN 66 004 942 287) is one of Australia’s leading sources of information, advice and support services for people living with MS and other neurological conditions.

Based in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT, we have over 60 years of insight into how to live well with MS. We pride ourselves on being trusted experts in MS, while supporting a broader range of neurological conditions.

As one of Australia’s leading not-for-profits, we also work tirelessly to fund research into the causes and treatments for MS and ultimately a cure.

We offer a wide range of emotional and practical support, from allied health, employment services and NDIS services to expert advice, wellbeing programs and peer support.

To learn more visit:


My Room Children’s Cancer Charity is a volunteer led organisation, working together to support patients and families affected by cancer, without the bureaucracy. We rely on the generosity of our donors to fund support for families, medical equipment, clinical care, research and trials. We’re committed to raising funds ethically and in a cost effective manner.

We hold a deductible gift recipient status (DGR1), and are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We’re proud to say we keep our administration costs low, and combined with our efficient fundraising methods, we administer a greater proportion of donations directly to the projects it funds. My Room has a full-time executive and is provided offices, administration and financial management services pro-bono by Pitcher Partners.

My Room won’t stop until there’s a 100% cure rate for childhood cancers. Until then, we will continue supporting patients and families during their treatment journey and into their future.

Together we can beat Childhood Cancer


The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) is Australia’s leading independent body dedicated to funding national ovarian cancer research.

Currently, one Australian women or girl loses their live to ovarian cancer every eight hours, and it does not discriminate. This year, approximately 1,800 Australian women and girls will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and in five years’ time only 830 of those women will still be alive.

Ovarian cancer survival rates have barely changed since 1975, when the modern cancer research era began, due to the complexity of the disease and the lack of an early detection method to catch the disease before it reaches the advanced stages. The average survival rate for ovarian cancer is just 46%, but if caught in its earliest stages, the chance of surviving an ovarian cancer diagnosis dramatically increases to 90%.

The OCRF is the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research in Australia, and leads the funding for the development of an early detection test which is reliable, accessible and can become a routine part of every woman’s regular health checks.

It is estimated that with an early detection test, 8,000 Australian lives can be saved over a decade, and more than 1.3 million lives worldwide.

The OCRF’s vision is every woman, everywhere – free from the threat of ovarian cancer. By funding innovative research across early detection, improved treatments, managing disease recurrence and prevention, we can ensure that this disease no longer threatens the lives of women and girls in Australia, and around the world.


 On average, 1 person will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia every 4 minutes. Whether it’s you, a family member, or a friend, many of us have been affected by cancer.

Peter Mac is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer, and is the home of Australia’s largest cancer research group. Our team of 750 dedicated researchers are determined to make new life-saving breakthroughs and discover kinder treatments, as quickly as possible, so that every person with cancer has the best chance of a cure.

However, we rely on donations to make this critical work possible. Your support helps give some of the brightest minds in cancer research the specialised technologies and resources they need to make important new breakthroughs – breakthroughs that will save lives. 

Join Team Peter Mac for 2023 RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival and help give new hope to all people affected by cancer.

Have questions? Contact us by emailing


Pets of the Homeless works to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship. We assist by feeding and providing veterinary care as well as safe shelter to the animals to help relieve the heartache for those who are unable to care for their pets.

The companionship and therapeutic value of pets is immeasurable. That’s why we’re firm believers that the more we can do for the animals, the greater their human’s chances of improving their situation over time. They can assist with mental health, general well-being and self-esteem which can only have a positive flow-on effect in the long run. Pets also aid with community engagement. They inspire conversation and help the broader community understand that people who are homeless are not less deserving of love and care than anyone else.

We are a small volunteer-powered grassroots charity with a big heart and an even bigger vision. We currently run Victoria’s very first dedicated Pet Food Bank and we are on track to reach 1 million meals provided by the end of 2022.

Join #TeamPOTH (Pets Of The Homeless) and help us raise much needed funds to keep people and pets together.


26000 babies are born prematurely each year, with many relying on cutting edge neonatal equipment to survive.

Running for Premature Babies provides life-saving neonatal equipment giving sick and premature babies a better chance of survival, and funds research to advance the care of premature babies for the future. 

Since the charity was founded in memory of baby triplets Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith, Running for Premature Babies has raised $5 million, providing 100 pieces of life-saving equipment to neonatal units around Australia, and funding ground-breaking research into the care of premature babies. It is estimated that 7000 babies have directly benefitted from the charity’s work.

This year Running for Premature Babies is coming to Victoria for the very first time, supporting the equipment needs of the Casey Hospital Special Care Unit and the Monash Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which provides care for the sickest babies in Victoria.

Join us to celebrate a survivor of prematurity, to honour a baby who has died, or simply to support a cause that will make a tangible difference to hundreds of families in Victoria.

You’ll get to experience the incredible camaraderie of our team and will feel amazing crossing the line knowing you’ve turned an incredible personal achievement into one that is life-giving too.

To find out more about the charity and how it all began go to

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Did you know?

Our veterans are 2.2 times more at risk of suicide than other members of our community.

Soldier On’s mission is to enable serving and ex-serving veterans and their families to thrive.

Soldier On works closely with veterans and their families, to strengthen resilience and develop meaningful connections with family members, mates, and the local community. 

We do this through a diverse range of health and wellbeing services with a focus on mental health support, employment opportunities, learning and education programs, and participation in community, social, and sporting activities. These programs are only made possible through the generous support of the Australian community and our partners.

We need your help so Soldier On provide vital support services to enable our veterans and their families to thrive.

Sign up to raise funds for Soldier On today and raise $50 to receive your free Team Soldier On running singlet!

Even better is knowing that every step you take is playing a vital role to help prevent veteran suicide. 

So, get ready to walk in the footsteps of heroes and sign up to raise funds for Soldier On today. Because together, we are stronger.


Uniting Vic.Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church, delivering services and programs across Victoria and Tasmania.

At Uniting we work towards achieving a common purpose and share common values. This gives us the ability to be informed by the voice of our consumers and communities to we work alongside to drive real, positive social change.

Our services support people of all ages and stages of life empowering them to live capably and confidently. As part of our mission to inspire people, enliven communities and confront justice, we raise our voice to speak up for those that may not be heard.

We strive to make a difference for individuals, families and communities. We work alongside people:

  • Needing safe and secure housing
  • Who want to manage their mental health
  • Who want to gain control over their drug and alcohol use
  • Living with disability, who want to gain employment and live independently
  • Who want parenting support to keep their family safe, together and thriving
  • Growing older, who want to stay active and maintain their independence
  • Caring for someone, needing advice and support so they are better able to care for themselves.
  • Looking for meaningful employment, by providing access to training and job opportunities.
  • Newly arrived, needing safety and a welcoming community.
  • Who want their children to access early learning in a creative and nurturing environment.
  • Who are young and want support through counselling, mentoring and life skills to work towards their goals.

Learn more:


Very Special Kids provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement. Our integrated approach includes emotional, clinical and practical support to improve quality of life and create positive, lasting memories. 

As Victoria’s only children’s hospice, our holistic services support more than 850 families across Victoria. Our multidisciplinary approach includes clinical care, counselling, sibling support, bereavement support and community activities for the whole family.

We are delighted to be an associate charity for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival. We invite you to join Team Very Special Kids and help us raise vital funds to help children, young people and their families navigate the challenges of life-limiting childhood illness.

If you join our team and fundraise $200 you will receive a free Team Very Special Kids running singlet.

Taking the first step in support of Very Special Kids is easy: simply register and create an online fundraising page, and Rowena will be in touch to offer you support during your fundraising journey.

You can reach Rowena directly at or on 03 9804 6228.

For more information about Very Special Kids, please visit our website:


Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.
Vision Australia support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
Vision Australia are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

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