Whether you walk, run or jog the 3km or 8km Botanic to Bridge events, every step counts. In 2017, funds raised from registrations go directly to local schools or the newly announced 2017 major community beneficiary, St Vincent de Paul Society, Gladstone.
After a difficult selection process, “Vinnies,” i.e. St Vincent de Paul, was chosen as the 2017 Botanic to Bridge Community Beneficiary.
With the current economic downturn, St Vincent de Paul, has experienced an influx of community members requiring their services. Gladstone St Vincent de Paul supported 3,300 people in 2016 and there is an expected increase of at least 12% in 2017.
St Vincent de Paul, President, Peter Dougherty said that the community is struggling to make ends meet.
“Many long-term locals are struggling and we are seeing a number of people moving to Gladstone to take advantage of our cheap rent. Many of these people exhaust their funds moving here and need a bit of assistance to establish themselves,” he said.
“At the moment, we are experiencing record demands on our services”
One of the most valuable resources St Vincent de Paul has is volunteers and currently, the working conditions for these people are substandard. Funds raised from the Botanic to Bridge Fun Run will be used to redevelop the warehouse facility with air-conditioning the sorting area and improving the overall warehouse facility.
Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO, Peter O’Sullivan, said he was proud to have the event support such a worthy organisation.
“Times are tough and these services are more valuable now than ever before. If we can help alleviate some of the pressures and ensure that these support facilities remain fully operational and available to our community, then we will,” he said.
“St Vincent de Paul provides individuals and families with things many of us take for granted – food, clothing and in some cases, accommodation.
“By simply registering to participate in the annual Botanic to Bridge Fun Run, on Sunday 20 August, we can help.”
Registrations are now open and people are encouraged to register to take advantage of the early bird special by saving 10% on their registrations.
To register, visit www.botanictobridge.com.au/register