COMMUNITY Living Respite Service’s Johnno’s Run team can give itself a pat on the back.
Not only did the 210 people who took part raise more than $70,000, opening doors for those living with a disability, but one team member (Brady Threlfall) even managed to take out the half marathon event.
Suffice to say, CLRS chief executive Suzanna Barry said it was an ‘‘outstanding success’’.
‘‘Over the past few months people of all ages in our community have been training and fundraising, excited to be part of the Johnno’s Run team,’’ she said.
‘‘Being part of Run Melbourne with 19,000 people was exciting. Some participants tackled a half marathon for the first time while others shaved time off their personal bests.’’
Ms Barry said CLRS had a goal to have 200 people on the team and raise $50,000.
‘‘We have been overwhelmed with community support again this year, with 210 participants and exceeding the target by more than $20,000,’’ she said.
‘‘A number of businesses entered a team — the largest being Echuca Toyota, Subaru and Jeep with almost 40 participants raising more than $10,000.
‘‘Over the past four years, Johnno’s Run has raised a total of $205,000. The proceeds from the last two years are helping to build the Opening Doors Project which will provide a home for people with disability.
‘‘This project is nearing completion and we anticipate that move in date is not too far away.’’
Ms Barry thanked Moama Bowling Club who paid the registration for all those who took part.
‘‘In addition, our major sponsors were Echuca-Moama Print Design, Numanz, the Riverine Herald, Brett Sands Watersports and Cosgriff Lawyers. Their support has significantly contributed to the outcome we have achieved,’’ she said.
‘‘We are very grateful for the support locally, and from further afield, including individuals and businesses who contributed to events, fundraising and donations.’’
Ms Barry also wished Brady the best with his goals at the Berlin Marathon in October.
‘‘With Brady’s support, our walk/run training sessions are continuing at Scenic Drive on Monday afternoons at 5.15pm,’’ she said.
‘‘We welcome anyone from the community to join us.’’