The inaugural Buddy Run – the Anti-Bullying Fun Run – is a new family event at Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne on 21 October – and all families are invited!
Supported by the Victorian Government, the community event will promote the themes of inclusion and respect – and send a clear message that bullying is never ok. The event includes a one kilometre fun run, as well as many other activities for the whole family.
The length of the run helps ensure that all children are able to compete, and the mission of the run encourages every age and capability to participate. The course is also wheelchair and pram-friendly.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation works to keep children safe from bullying and cyber bullying, and CEO, Lesley Podesta, said the event is aimed at raising awareness around this potentially devastating issue.
“One in four children are bullied, and the effects can last a lifetime. All children should feel safe, respected and included.”
“Being bullied over a long time can contribute to serious mental health issues,” Lesley said.
This event is the first of its kind and has been inspired by the Foundation’s International Patron, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who holds a similar event annually called Free of Bullying Children’s Run. The successful Danish event is now in its 10th year, with the most recent event held in May this year, attracting 1,847 children and their parents.
We are encouraging children and young people of all ages to join in our first Buddy Run – the Anti-Bullying Fun Run, and raise funds to help the Foundation continue its valuable work in keeping children safe from violence and bullying.
Get the whole family involved for a fun day and join in the Buddy Run! To register, visit www.buddyrun.org.au
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