Associate Charities

Beyond Blue

Three million people in Australia are living with depression or anxiety and an average eight people take their own lives each day.

Beyond Blue’s vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. It’s thanks to the generosity of the community that we can keep our Support Service running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phone and online service is staffed by mental health professionals and provides life-saving support to hundreds of people every day. With your support, we will also continue to innovate and deliver new services and programs that reduce stigma and encourage people to speak up in times of need.

Taking part in a running event is a great way to improve your own physical and mental health while raising funds for Beyond Blue. From the 5km walk to the 42km marathon, there are plenty of events for all fitness levels. We can help guide and support you through the fundraising process, so you can spend more time focusing on your training! The #teambeyondblue community on social media will also serve up plenty of motivation.

It’s easy to get started. Simply sign up for the event and create an online fundraising page. Within two working days, one of our Fundraising Coordinators will be in touch to check in with you and help you get your fundraising started.  When you raise over $50, we’ll send you an official Beyond Blue training singlet to welcome you to the team.

The funds and awareness you will raise will help us enormously to support people to protect their mental health and reduce people’s experience of stigma and discrimination and improve people’s opportunities to get effective support and services at the right time. Together we can make a real difference to the lives of people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

For more information about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention please visit

For advice and support, contact Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or online at

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

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting Australia’s biggest killer, heart disease. We are there for the 580,000 Australians living with heart disease today, and we are working to prevent and manage heart disease for future generations.

Our work is purpose-driven, focused on stopping Australia’s number one killer: coronary heart disease, which takes 48 lives every day. 

We do this by funding high-impact research; working to improve detection, treatment and prevention of heart disease; advocating to government and industry; building community awareness; and supporting health professionals.

We are proud to be one of Melbourne Marathon’s associate charity partners and invite you to join our team and run for heart!

The funds you raise will help us continue our lifesaving work.

It’s easy to get started. Simply sign up, create an online fundraising page and someone from our community fundraising team will be in touch to offer you support. When you raise $250 or more, we’ll send you a free running singlet so you can show the world you support the Heart Foundation.

Do you have a question about joining the Heart Foundation team? Contact us at

For more information on the Heart Foundation visit


JMB Foundation


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:


Cure Cancer

One Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer. We can change this, but only through research.

Cure Cancer is dedicated entirely to funding early-career cancer researchers who are working across all cancer types and all areas of cancer research.

Cure Cancer funds research grants to young, talented scientists across Australia. We partner with the best research institutions in the country to ensure our researchers are given the greatest opportunity for success.

Together we can make this the last generation to die from cancer.


Sadly, 9.6 million people die from cancer every year worldwide, and 1 Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, which is why Cure Cancer funds crucial research from bright young scientists working across all cancer types including rare cancers. Only research will give us the breakthroughs we need to find a cure.

Cure Cancer supports researchers at the start of their careers, when few other funding bodies will take the chance. In today’s research environment, funding is incredibly tight, meaning research grants are few and far between. The majority are awarded to scientists who have a proven track record of results, so very few grants are available to young researchers.

This has led to potentially lifesaving research from incredibly talented young minds going unexplored. We’re here to change that.

For more information, visit our website



My Room Children’s Cancer Charity

My Room Children’s Cancer Charity is a volunteer led organisation, working together to support patients and families affected by cancer, without the bureaucracy. We rely on the generosity of our donors to fund support for families, medical equipment, clinical care, research and trials. We’re committed to raising funds ethically and in a cost effective manner.

We hold a deductible gift recipient status (DGR1), and are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We’re proud to say we keep our administration costs low, and combined with our efficient fundraising methods, we administer a greater proportion of donations directly to the projects it funds. My Room has a full-time executive and is provided offices, administration and financial management services pro-bono by Pitcher Partners.

My Room won’t stop until there’s a 100% cure rate for childhood cancers. Until then, we will continue supporting patients and families during their treatment journey and into their future.

Together we can beat Childhood Cancer



Very Special Kids

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. We aim to provide them with the best quality of life through a holistic approach which supports the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the child and their family. 

Very Special Kids is the only children’s hospice in Victoria which offers families access to planned and emergency 24-hour specialist respite care, as well as end-of-life care. We support approximately 850 families across Victoria from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement. Sadly, many of the children we care for will not reach adulthood.

We are delighted to be an associate charity for the Melbourne Marathon. We invite you to lace up for Team Very Special Kids, and join us in raising funds which will help ensure we can continue providing the highest level of care to seriously-ill kids and their families for generations to come.

If you join our team and fundraise $200 you will receive a free Team Very Special Kids running singlet.

Taking the first step in support of Very Special Kids is easy: simply register and create an online fundraising page, and Brigitte will be in touch to offer you support during your fundraising journey. You can also reach Brigitte directly at or on 03 9804 6212.

For more information about Very Special Kids, please visit our website:


Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF)

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) is Australia’s leading independent body dedicated to funding national ovarian cancer research.

Currently, one Australian women or girl loses their live to ovarian cancer every eight hours, and it does not discriminate. This year, approximately 1,800 Australian women and girls will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and in five years’ time only 830 of those women will still be alive.

Join #TeamOCRF in the 2021 Melbourne Marathon and help change the future of ovarian cancer. Raise $250 or more and be eligible for free #TeamOCRF merchandise!

Ovarian cancer survival rates have barely changed since 1975, when the modern cancer research era began, due to the complexity of the disease and the lack of an early detection method to catch the disease before it reaches the advanced stages. The average survival rate for ovarian cancer is just 46%, but if caught in its earliest stages, the chance of surviving an ovarian cancer diagnosis dramatically increases to 90%.

The OCRF is the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research in Australia, and leads the funding for the development of an early detection test which is reliable, accessible and can become a routine part of every woman’s regular health checks.

It is estimated that with an early detection test, 8,000 Australian lives can be saved over a decade, and more than 1.3 million lives worldwide.

The OCRF’s vision is every woman, everywhere – free from the threat of ovarian cancer. By funding innovative research across early detection, improved treatments, managing disease recurrence and prevention, we can ensure that this disease no longer threatens the lives of women and girls in Australia, and around the world.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

On average, 1 person will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia every 4 minutes. Whether it’s you, a family member, or a friend, many of us have been affected by cancer.

Peter Mac is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer, and is the home of Australia’s largest cancer research group. Our team of 700 dedicated researchers are determined to make new life-saving breakthroughs and discover kinder treatments, as quickly as possible, so that every person with cancer has the best chance of a cure.

However, we rely on donations to make this critical work possible. Your support helps give some of the brightest minds in cancer research the specialised technologies and resources they need to make important new breakthroughs – breakthroughs that will save lives.

Every year at Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival we have amazing supporters joining us in the fight against cancer. 

Join Team Peter Mac for Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival 2021 and help give people with cancer a second chance at life.


Have questions? Contact us by emailing

Vision Australia

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

Vision Australia support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Vision Australia are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

Uniting Vic.Tas

Uniting Vic.Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church, delivering services and programs across Victoria and Tasmania.

At Uniting we work towards achieving a common purpose and share common values. This gives us the ability to be informed by the voice of our consumers and communities to we work alongside to drive real, positive social change.

Our services support people of all ages and stages of life empowering them to live capably and confidently. As part of our mission to inspire people, enliven communities and confront justice, we raise our voice to speak up for those that may not be heard.

We strive to make a difference for individuals, families and communities. We work alongside people:

  • Needing safe and secure housing
  • Who want to manage their mental health
  • Who want to gain control over their drug and alcohol use
  • Living with disability, who want to gain employment and live independently
  • Who want parenting support to keep their family safe, together and thriving
  • Growing older, who want to stay active and maintain their independence
  • Caring for someone, needing advice and support so they are better able to care for themselves.
  • Looking for meaningful employment, by providing access to training and job opportunities.
  • Newly arrived, needing safety and a welcoming community.
  • Who want their children to access early learning in a creative and nurturing environment.
  • Who are young and want support through counselling, mentoring and life skills to work towards their goals.

Learn more:

Cathy Freeman Foundation

Education changes lives.

Since 2007, the Cathy Freeman Foundation has existed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families within four remote communities in Australia recognise the power of education and achieve their goals and dreams. The Foundation delivers education programs that are designed to travel the journey of a child’s education from Pre-Prep through to Year 12, improving school attendance and ultimately increasing Year 12 attainment and future opportunities. Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are employed to deliver programs in the communities.

Our founder Cathy Freeman ran to make a difference, and you can too.

Australians have participated in major running events as part of Team Freeman since 2011 in support of the Cathy Freeman Foundation. We invite you to become part of a revitalised Team Freeman in 2021 to help us raise awareness and support for our programs.

Run with us at the Melbourne Marathon, and positively change the lives of the young people in our remote partner communities. Seventy-seven cents in every dollar raised goes directly back to our programs.

Get started by registering for the Melbourne Marathon Festival and setting up a fundraising page. You can then continue to support our cause by buying a Team Freeman T-shirt and joining our Facebook group.

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