The people of Gladstone have sprinted to register for the 10th anniversary Botanic to Bridge (B2B) event, with over 1000 keen participants ready to pound the pavement on Sunday 18 August. With 10% more registrations than this time last year, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) are preparing for their biggest event yet. 

GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said with only four weeks left to register the B2B team are anticipating seeing a record number of feet at the start lines. “We have been blown away by the community’s interest in the event to date, and it’s great to see everyone registering early and supporting our community beneficiary, Give Me 5 for Kids and local schools,” Mr Walker said.  “The event is one for all ages and abilities, is family-friendly – anyone can take part, run, walk or shuffle!”  

Local schools are being encouraged to rally their students to register for the event, with every step directing funds back to their school. Coined the easiest fundraiser of the year, there’s not a pie drive or chocolate box in sight, every primary and high school student registration fee goes straight back to the nominated school. 

Injecting $214,264 back into the region’s schools over the past nine years has allowed schools to greatly benefit with new resources and opportunities for students. 

Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) People, Community & Sustainability General Manager, Rowen Winsor said that schools had purchased everything from books to sports equipment in the past nine years. 

“The money raised has supplied new sporting equipment, supported health & fitness programs, class resources, shade covers and books – you name it, B2B has funded it,” Ms Winsor said. “The event provides a fun, family-friendly way to raise funds for our community, and I can’t wait to see how much the event invests back into the local schools this year.” 

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the Gladstone Regional Council and Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre are proud to be a gold sponsor for the event. “We love to be a part of this event, and it’s fantastic that together with local industries and businesses we can give so much back to our community,” Cr Burnett said. 

B2B participants can select their local school or community beneficiary, Give Me 5 for Kids during the registration process.