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.

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.