Opting to run a race for charity or partake in a walk to help raise funds for cancer research is a rewarding experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. With the Gold Coast’s sunny weather, it makes for a relaxing and meaningful day out! Here are 6 Gold Coast charity events for 2020, and how you can participate to help give back to the community.
1. Melanoma March
Every five hours, one Australian dies from melanoma. The Melanoma March aims to raise awareness and funds to reach the goal of zero deaths from melanoma. In its ninth year, the Melanoma March, run by the Melanoma Institute Australia, invites everyone to participate.
This year’s fundraising event will begin at The Strand, Coolangatta
. To sign up, visit the website
. There will be a coffee shop serving refreshments as well as stands providing resources and information. Dogs are welcome to join, provided they’re on a leash. The walking route will begin at The Strand and traverse along the coastal walk to Point Danger and back. 4.09km in total. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Sunday, 15 March 2020
Registration opens at 6:30am with the march commencing at 7:00am.
The Strand, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
$30 on the day or $25 when registering online.
2. Great Strides
is a fun run and walk, raising awareness and funds for those living with cystic fibrosis. Organised by Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, Great Strides is an initiative to raise awareness for the disease and to encourage people to get out and get active. Keeping active is a vital part of life for those living with cystic fibrosis, and anyone participating will help to give back and keep healthy at the same time.
The 5km course will be at Main Beach for its Diamond Jubilee year. Individuals, teams, schools and corporate groups are all invited to register and take part. Participants are asked to wear red on the day. Refreshments and a sausage sizzle will be held after the event.
Sunday, 13 September 2020
Registration opens at 6:30am with the race/walk commencing at 7:30am.
Hollindale Park, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Early bird adult tickets $30, children $20, families $70, and teams $120.
3. Little Souls 9th Annual Charity Race Day
Autism is a brain disorder that begins in early childhood and persists through adulthood. It affects a child’s communication, social interaction, and creative or imaginative play. Those who suffer from the disorder may be left feeling isolated or feeling as if they are different from their peers. Little Souls is a not for profit early intervention centre helping children with autism.
Its Little Souls 9th Annual Charity Race Day
aims to raise funds and awareness to provide early intervention therapy to children on the spectrum to help them reach their full potential. Tickets for the charity day include a buffet lunch and afternoon tea at the Gold Coast Turf Club. There will be sparkling wine on arrival and a 5-hour beverage package as well as raffle prizes to be won and a live auction.
Saturday, 16 May 2020
11:30am - 5:00pm
Gold Coast Turf Club
Adults $140 or a Table of 12 for $1,680.
4. 1 Million Books of Hope Fundraiser
One In Four Children is a not for profit aiming to eradicate poverty in the region of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. Many children in this region have been impoverished by ongoing war, and as a result, have no resources to help them with schooling and building their future.
The 1 Million Books of Hope Fundraiser
helps to bring about change in the region by collecting and donating reading books and textbooks to help improve the Nuba children's reading, writing, and literacy skills. The fundraiser aims to deliver 20,000 books to the region with help from participants. Events on the day include authentic Nuba dance and songs, speakers, live performances by Nuba youth from across Australia, as well as a sausage sizzle.
Saturday, 18 April 2020
10:00am - 6:30pm
Spring Hill, Boundary Street, Spring Hill
5. Pancare Walk for Hope
Pancare Foundation’s Walk For Hope
aims to help raise funds to provide patient support services, awareness, and education for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The event caters for all ages and levels of fitness and gives participants a chance to walk in the outdoors united with other members of the community who have been affected by pancreatic cancer and other upper GI cancers.
The course is 5km long and can be run or walked. Participants are encouraged to wear the colour purple on the day.
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
TBA. Register your interest
6. Relay for Life: Northern Gold Coast
Relay for Life
is a community-based fundraising event to help raise vital funds for cancer research. Whether you want to run on behalf of a family member or loved one lost to cancer or simply want to do your bit for cancer research and funding, you’ll never forget your first Relay for Life experience!
The event is suitable for all ages and is a chance for the local community to recognise and honour local cancer survivors and to help save lives by raising funds and spreading awareness. This year’s Relay for Life on the Gold Coast will be held in Upper Coomera and will be an overnight fundraising team rally.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Coomera Anglican College, Upper Coomera
Rally around the Gold Coast’s community spirit
Want to contribute or raise money for a great cause in the Gold Coast area? Visit The Strand at Coolangatta’s Melanoma March
page today to sign up, or follow the links to any of the other initiatives listed above to find out more.