Introducing the Buddy Run, the Anti-Bullying Fun Run

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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has partnered with the Victorian Government to launch the inaugural Buddy Run, the Anti-Bullying Fun Run!

The Buddy Run is a family based event, which includes a 1km fun run for children, and was created to promote inclusion, respect and saying no to bullying. The event will raise awareness and much needed funds to help protect our children against bullying and cyber bullying.

This event will be the first of its kind and has been inspired by our International Patron, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who held a very similar event now in its 10th year called the ‘Free of Bullying Children’s Run’.

The most recent event was held in May this year and attracted 1,847 children and their parents. The theme for this year was ‘We prevent bullying most effectively when we work with and support children’s communities and help them create good friendships’.

Bullying can have a severe effect on a child and can impact their self-esteem, behaviour and ability to succeed at school. The effects of bullying can last a lifetime, and we want to make a change and keep fighting against the serious issue that is bullying and cyber-bullying.

The Foundation believes that all children should feel safe, respected and included, and that’s why this Buddy Run is so important. The Buddy Run will take place in the Alexandra Gardens on 21 October, and we are hoping it is the first of many.

We are encouraging children and young people of all ages to participate by joining in our first Buddy Run, the Anti-Bullying Fun Run, and raising funds to allow the Foundation to continue its valuable work.

Band together and send a clear message that bullying is not ok! The Foundation is so excited to step up to the Buddy Run and say no to bullying!

Please share this event with your community – this poster can be included on your community noticeboard, in your school newsletter, or shared via social media.

For more information on this event, visit

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