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.


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

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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;
  • Go to, 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


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

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