Associate Charities

Cathy Freeman Foundation

Undoubtedly one of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history was when Cathy Freeman won the gold medal for Australia in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. With the energy of the whole nation propelling her to the finish line, Cathy is now fuelled by her belief that every child deserves their gold medal moment.

With this belief, The Cathy Freeman Foundation was established in 2007 to help Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond. The Cathy Freeman Foundation partners with remote Indigenous communities and schools to help build education pathways that work. The Foundation works with 1600 school-aged children and their families in four remote Indigenous communities including Palm Island & Woorabinda in Queensland and Wurrumiyanga & Galiwin’ku in the Northern Territory.

Join Team Freeman

You don’t have to be an Olympic champion to join our team. If you can walk or run, and you like the idea of supporting Indigenous children on their education journey, then we want you on our team. To give you an idea of what it is like to be a part of Team Freeman, check out our video from last year’s event.

There are great perks to running with Team Freeman at the Melbourne Marathon.

  • Have the chance to run with Olympic running champion, Cathy Freeman and friends;
  • Invitation to the Cathy Freeman Foundation marquee before and after the event which features bag storage, beverages, light snacks, Indigenous entertainment and massage;
  • Receive an exclusive Team Freeman Running Pack including a limited edition Team Freeman running shirt or singlet, Cathy Freeman Foundation zip-up sweatband and drawstring bag;
  • A unique opportunity to meet like-minded people and support a cause that is close to your heart.

If you have any questions or require support, feel free to contact our friendly Fundraising Team on (03) 9686 4813 or email

Australia Red Cross

Australian Red Cross is committed to helping vulnerable people across Australia and further afield. Our work is focused on improving lives and reducing vulnerability: from reconnecting families and finding out the fate of loved ones torn apart by war, to providing over 750,000 nutritious breakfasts to school children each year. And when disaster strikes around the country, we are among the first to arrive and the last to leave.

Red Cross believes that mobilising the power of humanity can make a real difference to those in need – run for Red Cross and play your part in making the world a better place.

The Difference you make

Red Cross works with the most vulnerable people and communities in Australia and internationally. Our work is focused around seven priority areas:

  • Strengthening national emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Increasing international aid and development
  • Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Overcoming social exclusion by providing bridges back into the community
  • Tackling entrenched locational disadvantage
  • Championing international humanitarian law.
  • Addressing the impact of migration

The Heart Foundation

Your Support keeps More Australian Families Together

Heart disease is serious – in fact on average, one Australian dies as a result of heart disease every 26 minutes! It is the single biggest killer of Australians! Join the Heart Foundation’s Melbourne Marathon team today and you will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate people who are helping to fight heart disease. – Your support will help fund ground-breaking research and maybe save your life or the life of someone you love.

Bobby’s Story – The Heart Foundation

This is the story of 14 year old boy Bobby Kupsch, described by his friends as a hero in the making. A normal Thursday night, Bobby went to bed. He took extra care to say good night to everyone in his family. The next day would change the lives of the Kupsch family forever. “Mum Mum I can’t wake up Bobby” Jo said one of the hardest things I’ve had to do was say to his Dad that Bobby was unconscious and there was little hope. Bobby never woke up! Two out of three Australian families are affected by heart disease.

JMB Foundation

As you get ready to enter one of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival events, able bodied and full of energy and hope, imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk… or move… or see… or eat… or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury. Because of their high care needs, living at home often becomes impossible they are moved into old people’s homes. More than 6000 Australians under 50 live in aged care.

Help us raise money

After you’ve registered in an event, make sure you create your own fundraising page and then join our JMB fundraising team.

What We Do

The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs.

We work on two fronts:  raising money, that we can allocate to those who need it; and raising public awareness, not just of the need for the assistance we provide, but also of the tragedy of ABI and the life-long damage that can be inflicted by senseless violence.

The JMB Foundation’s primary goal is to provide financial support for care and services to individuals and their families. This takes many forms, from funding for home modifications, such as the installation of ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, or equipment that assists with mobility or comfort levels, to contributing towards the cost of one-on-one care, remedial therapy, respite care or participation in community access activities.

This funding is only possible with the generous support of our donors.  Donations are the Foundation’s sole source of income and the money we raise/ is made available to approved applicants through a twice-yearly applications process.  In 2015 JMB funded grants totaling close to $135,000, providing support for 23 young men and women with an ABI.  This funding has made a genuine difference to their care, comfort and quality of life.

The JMB Foundation also has a strong focus on raising awareness of the plight of ABI sufferers – in particular those whose injury is the result of a violent assault – with the aim of preventing such injuries from occurring in the first place.  We do this through education, and work in collaboration with Step Back Think to get the message through to those age groups most at risk of becoming a victim, or a perpetrator, of mindless, aggressive and/or alcohol-fueled violence.

With the generous support of our donors, the JMB Foundation can continue to provide the funding that makes such a difference to the lives of the people we help.  We aim to build our fundraising to enable us to expand our grants program, so that in the future we can give even more financial assistance to a greater number of young men and women with an ABI, and help to improve life for them, their carers and their families.

Who We Help

Sam Ford is learning to walk again. With the support of his family and carers, funding from the JMB Foundation, and an intensive physical therapy program at Making Strides, an injury recovery centre in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, 24-year-old Sam is doing things the only way he knows how – with independence, cheek, and a good measure of stubbornness.

Sam was the victim of an unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled assault in 2009 that left him with an acquired brain injury (ABI). His initial prognosis was poor. Doctors believed he would never leave hospital after losing the ability to walk and talk, suffering a stroke, losing hearing in one ear, and developing double vision and poor balance.

But Sam has proved the doctors wrong. Six years later, guided by a strong work ethic, a wicked sense of humour, and unflagging support from family and friends, he is living at home and is making real progress. The holistic nature of Sam’s treatment, combined with his strength and resolve to try everything, has set him on the path to walking again. With financial support from JMB, Sam undergoes a challenging regimen of physical training at Making Strides that includes core strength work, stretching, sitting, jumping, and assisted walking. His trainers are experts at keeping Sam focused and energised, and they do so with humour and dedication. To complement his physical regime, Sam participates in a range of artistic activities, including painting and playing electronic music and computer games via neuro-plasticity (wiring the brain to neurotransmitters).

Margaret Ford, Sam’s mother and main carer, describes Sam as “a cheeky lad”. She and her husband Mike have welcomed support from JMB to help Sam achieve the best possible quality of life. “Although the first years after Sam’s ABI were tough, we believe that Sam and our family are in a better place at the moment,” Margaret said. “It’s getting easier.” Margaret rejects the culture of violence that has become endemic in Australia – as we all do – and she actively participates in educating young people most at risk of being either victims or perpetrators of violent attacks that lead to ABIs. She believes that support from the JMB Foundation is critical to her son, and other ABI sufferers, regaining quality of life and taking pride in what they can achieve. The JMB Foundation is very pleased to be able to offer support to Sam and his family.

Why We Are

James’ Story

One evening in October 2006 James Macready-Bryan went into the city with a friend to visit a club where they knew the DJ. It was early, about 9.30. It had been a good day – his twentieth birthday, with the weekend to come before a return to his Arts/Law studies at Monash.

But that night things went terribly, terribly wrong. A casual comment, and the offence it caused to a group of youths, triggered a series of events that now leaves James totally and permanently disabled.

There was an argument, an attack, and then a knock-out punch that sent his head slamming into the pavement, causing total, permanent and catastrophic brain injury. The sporty, life-loving student is now housed in a young people’s residential facility where he requires 24-hour care. He cannot move or speak, and is fed through a tube.

What happens to a 28-year-old acquired brain injury sufferer like James Macready-Bryan? Who looks after him? Who takes responsibility for his care? Where does he go? Who pays?

James’ parents and friends tried to find the answers to all these questions in the aftermath of his injury. What became apparent was that, for those not injured by a car or at work, support is hard to find, complicated, underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient.

The JMB Foundation was set up to address these issues, and to try and make life a bit easier for families coping with the terrible reality of catastrophic brain injury.

Because it could happen to any of us.


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