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



Lace up for Very Special Kids

Very Special Kids is a children’s charity that helps families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. We provide ongoing support to 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.

The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at the Very Special Kids Hospice. Each family is supported in unique and varying ways according to their personal needs.

Our Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Victoria where we offer families access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour specialist nursing care in a warm and welcoming environment.

In addition to the children’s hospice and main offices in Malvern, Very Special Kids is committed to providing family support across Victoria with ten local offices in outer metro and regional areas.

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:


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