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

Australian 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



JMB Foundation needs your help. from JMB Foundation on Vimeo.

This is James Macready-Bryan’s story. In October 2006, on his 20th birthday, a night out with friends went terribly, terribly wrong. James was assaulted in an act of senseless violence. A knock-out punch 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.

For young people with acquired brain injury – especially those not injured by a car or at work – support is often hard to find, complicated, underfunded and inefficient. The JMB Foundation was set up to try to make life a bit easier for families coping with the awful reality of catastrophic brain injury. ABI doesn’t discriminate. It could happen to any of us.

RUN FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T and help us to help young people with ABI

As you prepare 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 see, or eat, or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury (ABI). Often their high care needs make living at home impossible and they are moved into aged care homes. The JMB Foundation raises money to help young people who, like James, are living with ABI. We do this by providing funds for care and services that would otherwise be completely out of financial reach for individuals and their families. The help we provide 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 2017 JMB Foundation gave grants totalling almost $203,000 to provide support for young men and women with an ABI, and we know this funding has made a genuine difference to their care, comfort and quality of life.


When you register for your event, join the JMB Foundation Team. We’ll give you a free JMB Foundation  T-shirt or singlet to wear on the day.


When you register in an event, make sure you choose to fundraise for JMB Foundation. Once you’ve created your fundraising page you can link it to our JMB fundraising team  page too. If you’ve already completed your registration but didn’t choose to fundraise, it’s not too late. You can still create a fundraising campaign for JMB Foundation here.

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 young 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.

If you’d like more information or need any help, just drop us a line – – or visit our website:


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