Johnno’s Run goes virtual

By Brayden May

IT WASN’T the usual Johnno’s Run in 2020, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t as successful.

In its seventh year, Johnno’s Run went virtual to raise funding for Community Living & Respite Services’ (CLRS) Opening Doors Project.

The project, which now supports 16 people, builds homes for people with disability.

Through strong community support and previous Johnno’s Runs CLRS have opened two homes in Echuca and has recently completed building their third home and two units in Maiden Street, Moama.

“While we made the decision to suspend CLRS-run fundraising activities and fundraising events because of restrictions; we wanted to still give our Johnno’s Run team and community an event they could be part of and chose to hold Johnno’s Run virtually,” CLRS chief executive Leah Taaffe said.

“This meant that we could still have our Johnno’s Run singlets for people to purchase and wear proudly for the virtual event.”

“Proceeds from the sale of the singlets goes to CLRS’ next Opening Doors Project in Barry Street, Echuca.

“With 150 singlets sold participants took to the roads, streets, parks and forests on Sunday to show their support for CLRS and to help build homes for people with disability in our community.

“It was great to see splashes of red around Echuca-Moama.

“Thank you to everyone who purchased a singlet, who took part in the event and to everyone who donated. Over $11,500 has been raised which is an amazing effort in the current climate.”

“Thank you to our generous sponsors; Moama Bowling Club, Riverine Herald, Worklocker, Brett Sands Watersports, Cosgriff Lawyers, Echuca Moama Print & Design, Edge FM, Radiant Media Productions and Squires Air Conditioning Electrical & Refrigeration.”

View more photos on the Facebook group ‘Johnno’s Run 2020 – Opening Doors Project’.