GOR Running Festival & 2020 Grants

2020 has been a year like no other. Ordinarily at this time of year we would be distributing funds to local organisations from money raised through the Great Ocean Road Running Festival. But we must stay positive and look forward to the next event when we will help IMG (the event organisers) make it bigger and better.

Sadly, this year we will not be calling for grant applications. The funds ordinarily set aside for grants have been used for rent relief for Apollo Bay Opportunity Shop (owned by The Foundation) and giving a further $30k to the Aquatic Centre to make our total contribution $60k for this wonderful community project. We would have loved to have matched the $36k that we granted to the community last year but alas, it was not meant to be.

It’s now time to look forward to the completion of the Aquatic Centre where we can celebrate the successes of our wonderful town of Apollo Bay.

How can we support you?

We are not hibernating.  We, as Trustees, would love to know if you have a health initiative that needs support.

Please contact us at info@abhealthfoundation.org. You never know, we might just be able to help.

2020 Great Ocean Road Running Festival

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is extremely proud and excited to be the OFFICIAL CHARITY of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival for the seventh 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 we have distributed over $380,000 in grants to the local community and over $236,000 has been distributed from the Great Ocean Road Marathon/Running Festival in the last 6 years.  See a full list of grants we’ve given and organisations who’ve benefited from the Health Foundation in the last 20 years.

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!

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

FUNDRAISE

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

DONATE

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

HAVE A MASSAGE

Come along to the Health Foundation Marquee at the Finishing Line for a massage from a fully qualified massuer. All proceeds go directly to the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation.

VOLUNTEER

If you would like to volunteer for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival in May 2020 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 email run@abhealthfoundation.org with ‘GORRF Volunteering’ as the subject.

ABDHF & GORRF – The Link

4th June 2019

Fundraising is the link between the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation (ABDHF) and The Great Ocean Road Running Festival. The festival provides opportunity for all non-for-profit organisations from Apollo Bay to Wye River to raise money by volunteering their time. We at the ABDHF bring the groups and people together!

We work closely all year with event management group, IMG, to ensure we can supply the number of volunteers required to make this event happen. These are the support people who stand by drink stations, the road marshals, the crowd control and the medal distributers. It is a big gig! As a community, we’ve committed to offer around 250 volunteers each year, and that’s what it takes to run an event with a magnitude of this size. Sincerely, the communities of Apollo Bay, Kennett River and Wye River, we applaud your efforts!

We also seek business supporters each year for the event. The Great Ocean Road Running Festival provides a strong economic return for local hospitality businesses and we are lucky enough to have received generous support over the past 6 years from many of them. When a business or individual assist the cause of the ABDHF, the funds raised stay in town.

The Foundation trustees would like to say thank you to the following businesses for their gracious support for this year’s event:

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce (great community service)

Otway Health (we are so lucky to have them – wonderful service)

Community Chemist (wonderful staff and great advice)

Apollo Bay Fishermen’s COOP (fish and chips are fantastic)

Apollo Bay Hotel (great atmosphere for the entire family)

The GYM Apollo Bay (Kath is a star)

Foodworks Apollo Bay (clean, fresh and helpful)

Great Ocean Road Real Estate (long term supporter – always happy to help)

Cape Otway Lightstation (the cafe is great – try the scones!)

Mel Aggenbach – our newest trustee volunteered her entire Sunday to offer sport massages and giving entire proceeds to ABDHF

Are you a community group that would like to join the success story?

Are you an individual that would like to join the team at the ABDHF (in any capacity)?

Are you a local business that benefits from the Running Festival who would like to support the Health Foundation?

… drop us a line at run@abhealthfoundation.org

The trustees of the ABDHF work voluntarily to coordinate this event.

Official Charity

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is extremely proud and excited to be the OFFICIAL CHARITY of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival for the sixth 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 $350,000 in grants to the local community and over $200,000 has been distributed from the Great Ocean Road Marathon/Running Festival in just 5 years. See here for full details.

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

Fundraise

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

Go to gorrf2019.everydayhero.com/au/get-started.

Donate

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

  • Make a runner’s donation when you register – go to greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au;
  • Go to everydayhero.com.au, search for ‘Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation’ and select ‘Give Now’;
  • Drop a few coins into one of our tins around town or at our marquee at the Running Festival;
  • Send a cheque made out to Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation Inc. to
    PO Box 140, Apollo Bay VIC 3233

Volunteer

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 run@abhealthfoundation.org.

The Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation would like to thank the following community organisations for volunteering to assist with the 2019 Great Ocean Road Running Festival:

  • Apollo Bay CFA
  • Apollo Bay Community Garden
  • Apollo Bay P-12 College
  • Apollo Bay Preschool
  • Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Apollo Bay Sailing Club
  • Apollo Bay Scouts
  • Kennett River Association
  • Otway Anglicans
  • Wye River CFA
  • Wye River SLSC

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

May 20 & 21, 2017

The Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation is proud to once again be the Preferred Charity for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival formally known as the Great Ocean Road Marathon. This exciting, health focused event will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May. To enter please visit the Great Ocean Road Running Festival web page greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au or look it up on Facebook.

Our role in the Running Festival is to continue to supply a team of volunteers who work tirelessly on drink stations, marshal roads and generally provide support and encouragement for the runners. All monies raised through our involvement in the Running Festival directly benefit our communities along the Great Ocean Road.

We are delighted to welcome back our major sponsors the Apollo Bay Hotel and the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce. We are also thrilled to welcome the Cape Otway Light Station as a major sponsor this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our three major sponsors and look forward to working with them towards a very successful Festival.

The Health Foundation also welcomes the following supporters: – Otway Health, Community Care Chemist, Captains at the Bay, La Bimba Restaurant and Great Ocean Road Real Estate.

We are also thrilled to again have the Hub operating over the entire weekend. The Hub features local food and beverages as well as handmade goods, wellness encounters and is organized and run by Otway Health.B B If you would like to showcase your produce, business or handicrafts please contact Sarah Bell on 0401 977 191 or by emailB slbell@swarh.vic.gov.au.

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The 2016 GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathonbs HEALTHY COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is pleased and proud to announce that as a result of the fantastic fundraising efforts of the runners, the generosity of our major sponsors and other supporters, enthusiastic volunteering by local groups and individuals, B and the fabulous support of our community, we managed to raise $45,000 through the 2016 GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon to distribute back into our community, as follows:

Apollo Bay P-12 College $20,500
Apollo Bay Pre-School $5,000
Apollo Bay Sailing Club $4,000
Wye River CFA $4,000
Wye River SLSC $4,000
Kennett River Assoc $4,500
U3A $3,000
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These organisations are always very excited about the amounts being granted to them b& and the Health Foundation is delighted this year to exceed both our 2014 and 2015 distribution totals.

These grants enable our local not-for-profit organisations further enhance their health and wellbeing initiatives and programs, thereby investing back in the local community. The funds also lighten the fundraising burden faced by organisations already struggling to cover rising costs in an atmosphere of reduced government funding.

Health Foundation Chairman, Andrew (Buck) Buchanan said bWe are absolutely delighted with this outcome and hope it will increase the capacity of our community to work together towards shared goals.B Of course, none of this would have been possible without the generosity of our major sponsors, Apollo Bay Bakery, the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Apollo Bay Hotel, as well as the support of Otway Health,B Community Care Chemist, Ocean Spray and Grant Day James.b

The Health Foundation is looking forward to working with you again at next yearbs Marathon for the benefit of our local communities along the Great Ocean Road.

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Great Ocean Road Marathon Thank Yous

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Run For Your Life Magazine Article

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Our Partners for the 2015 Great Ocean Road Marathon – Their Stories

OUR SPONSORS

Apollo Bay Bakery is delighted to be a major sponsor of the Health Foundation in this yearbs Great Ocean Road Marathon.B Owned and operated by an Apollo Bay family of long standing, the Bakery is one of the townbs most successful businesses.B Proud of our association with local not-for-profit organisations, Apollo Bay Bakery has a long and loyal relationship with the Health Foundation and its Trustees.B Webre looking forward to being part of the Marathon Festival in mid-May; be sure to come along and sample one of our famous scallop pies.

 

abcctThe Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism negotiated the sale of the Great Ocean Road Marathon in 2013 to IMG with a model that allows our community to benefit through ongoing fundraising opportunities.B Partnered with the efforts of the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation to facilitate this each year, we are proud to have achieved such a great opportunity to really support our local communities.B The Chamber has an ongoing commitment to support the Apollo Bay and District B Health Foundation and local community groups who endeavour to create a better place for us to live.

 

gdjGrant Day James is a North Melbourne based advertising agency distinguished by an irrepressible, can-do attitude and an imaginative approach.B GDJ specialise in clever communication solutions and partner with clients of all sizes to achieve quality outcomes.B We are delighted to assist the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation continue its important and invaluable work in the local community.

 

… and our supporters

Community Care ChemistCommunity Care Chemist is a not for profit community owned pharmacy group, committed to holistic and whole health solutions while supporting the communities in which we operate.B Community Care Chemist welcomes our recently appointed Apollo Bay Manager Erin O’Connor to our team.B Community Care Chemist and Erin and are delighted to be able to sponsor the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation Great Ocean Road Marathon.

 

The Health Foundation has teamed up with The Gym, Apollo Bay, to develop training programs for the 10km, 14km and 23km events this year.B Download the programs here 10km and 14km GORM Running Program, 23km GORM Running Program.

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The Great Ocean Road Festival of Wellness

May 16-17 2015 marks the inaugural Great Ocean Road Festival of Wellness.

The GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon attracts more than 15,000 visitors to the coast, most of whom stay in our community for the whole weekend.B Feedback indicates that they are looking for something to do to fill in their time whilst waiting for their brunnersb to warm-up, run and recover.

The Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation has taken the initiative to develop the Great Ocean Road Festival of Wellness and invites all community members, wellness professionals, stall holders, food vendors and cafC) owners who are interested in being involved in this inaugural event to submit an expression of interest.

The Festival will showcase local health and wellness professionals such as Yoga therapists, Pilates, massage, healing and wellness coaches, as well as local fresh food suppliers and other stallholders in a village atmosphere.

There will be daytime activities and entertainment for the children and evening entertainment including busking and music for the crowds.

Please register your interest by emailing pip@apollobay.vic.au.

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