Associate Charities


FightMND is driven by a singular and urgent purpose: a world without Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Established in 2014, the charity exists to champion hope and lead the fight to defeat ‘The Beast’ that is MND.

The horrible and debilitating disease gradually takes away a person’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech, and ultimately, their ability to breathe…all in an average timeframe of just 27 months.

In the last decade, FightMND has become one of the world’s largest independent funders of MND research, funding large-scale collaborative research, drug development, clinical trials, and vital assistive equipment for Australians living with MND.

But, the fight is far from over. Join the FightMND family at the 2024 Melbourne Marathon and help defeat the Beast that is MND. Every dollar raised takes us another step closer to a cure.

Simply sign up for the event, create your online fundraising page, and Team FightMND will be there to support you every step of the way.

To learn more 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 Nike 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 2021 JMB Foundation gave grants totalling almost $110,000 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 for an event, make sure you choose to fundraise for JMB Foundation. 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:

The Heart Foundation

Around 50 lives are lost each day in Australia due to coronary heart disease, more than any other cause, and it has profound impact on the families left behind. But there’s something that you can do to help.  

We believe in a future free of heart disease. With your support, we can help fund the next generation of innovative researchers to keep more families together.

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 money you raise will go towards helping fund new research into the causes and treatment of heart disease, which will help keep families together.

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.

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

For more information on the Heart Foundation visit



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 loses their life to ovarian cancer every eight hours. 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 2024 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 49%, 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 in research funding for the development of a vital early detection test, more targeted therapies and treatments, prevention and recurrence management for the disease.

The OCRF’s vision is everyone, everywhere – free from the threat of ovarian cancer. By funding innovative research, we can ensure that this disease no longer threatens the lives of women and girls in Australia, and around the world.

Read more about the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and current funded research projects here:

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


MS Plus

Thousands of Australians live each day with a neurological condition. MS Plus (MS Plus Limited: ABN 66 004 942 287) is one of Australia’s leading sources of information, advice and support services for people living with MS and other neurological conditions.

Based in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT, we have over 60 years of insight into how to live well with MS. We pride ourselves on being trusted experts in MS, while supporting a broader range of neurological conditions.

As one of Australia’s leading not-for-profits, we also work tirelessly to fund research into the causes and treatments for MS and ultimately a cure.

We offer a wide range of emotional and practical support, from allied health, employment services and NDIS services to expert advice, wellbeing programs and peer support.

To learn more visit:


Stroke Foundation

Join #TeamStroke in the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival and raise vital funds to help prevent stroke, save lives, and enhance recovery for survivors of stroke.


Why your help is so important


Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and there is one stroke every 19 minutes. Stroke doesn’t discriminate; it affects anyone, anytime, even unborn babies. It claims more lives than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.


Even more distressing, around 600 Australian children experience stroke each year.


Stroke Foundation is committed to a world free from disability and suffering caused by stroke.


Every dollar you raise and every minute you dedicate to Stroke Foundation brings us one step closer to preventing stroke, saving lives, and enhancing recovery for countless Australians.

Together we can change the state of stroke in Australia for the generations to come.


To learn more visit:

Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless works to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship. We assist by feeding and providing veterinary care as well as safe shelter to the animals to help relieve the heartache for those who are unable to care for their pets.

The companionship and therapeutic value of pets is immeasurable. That’s why we’re firm believers that the more we can do for the animals, the greater their human’s chances of improving their situation over time. They can assist with mental health, general well-being and self-esteem which can only have a positive flow-on effect in the long run. Pets also aid with community engagement. They inspire conversation and help the broader community understand that people who are homeless are not less deserving of love and care than anyone else.

We are a small volunteer-powered grassroots charity with a big heart and an even bigger vision. We currently run Victoria’s very first dedicated Pet Food Bank and we are on track to reach 1 million meals provided by the end of 2024.

Join #TeamPOTH (Pets Of The Homeless) for Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival 2024 and help us raise much needed funds to keep people and pets together.

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 750 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 2024 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival and help give new hope to all people affected by cancer.

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 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
  • 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:

Australian Cancer Research Foundation

Join Team ACRF and dedicate your run to vital cancer research!

1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The remaining 2 will be closely affected by a diagnosis.

At Australian Cancer Research Foundation, we know that only brilliant ideas can tackle something as big as cancer.Your support allows us to back the brightest minds with the boldest ideas in cancer research. From large machines to small vaccines, ACRF funds the technology, equipment and infrastructure to help find new and improved ways prevent, detect and treat ALL types of cancer.  

Since 1984, thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve awarded 81 grants totalling over $171 million to 43 research institutions across Australia.

As a valued member of our running community, you will receive an ACRF branded running singlet and cap once you raise your first $100!

You will also have access to our free training program and nutrition guide, designed specifically for your race and distance so you’re fuelled and ready to run your absolute best. 

To get started, simply sign up for the event and set up your online fundraising page. The ACRF team will help guide and support you through your fundraising journey to help you reach your goal!


Find out more at

The Alfred

Join Team Alfred for Melbourne Marathon


Critical care never stops at The Alfred.

One of Australasia’s busiest hospitals, The Alfred provides leading healthcare for more than 700,000 locals in inner-southern Melbourne, while servicing the wider Victorian community experiencing the most acute and complex conditions through our 18 statewide services.

The Alfred is the place that treats the most complex medical cases, where the seriously sick find expertise and hope.  We provide the most comprehensive range of adult specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria with almost 50% of our patients coming from across the state, and indeed the country. 

To support lifesaving care at The Alfred and join Team Alfred, sign up to the Nike Melbourne Marathon, and create your online fundraising page.

Your support will help the team at The Alfred deliver exceptional lifesaving care for critically ill patients. As part of the Team, you will run with staff, past patients, and supporters to raise funds for The Alfred. Once you fundraise $50 you will receive a free Team Alfred running shirt.

Any questions? Contact us at or call (03) 9076 3222.


For more information on The Alfred Foundation, visit our website:

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

By joining Run 4 Refugees and fundraising for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre you can make an immediate impact, helping ensure people seeking asylum can rebuild their lives where it’s safe. 

We are honoured to work with more than 7,000 people each year in their long walk to freedom providing protection, aid, empowerment and dignity by offering food, shelter, health services, legal representation and other essential services.

When you fundraise as a Team ASRC member, these are some of the ways you could be supporting people seeking asylum and refugees: by raising $350 with your Run For Refugees, you can help fund the weekly food, housing and healthcare needs of someone seeking asylum; and by raising $700, you can help provide six months of vital medicine and consultations through our health clinic for a vulnerable family.

As a valued member of our Run 4 Refugees community, you’ll receive an exclusive moisture-wicking Team ASRC T-shirt, perfect to wear in the Nike Melbourne Marathon, when you raise $45.

No matter what distance you run, walk or roll, the ASRC will be cheering you on from the finish line.

Get started now by setting up your fundraising page and we’ll be in touch to welcome you to Team ASRC and support you along the way. 

Find out more about the ASRC at and reach out with any questions to

Berry Street

Berry Street is one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations, providing a diverse range of programs to over 35,000 children, young people and families in Victoria each year. Services include foster care, family violence support services, therapeutic programs, and the Berry Street School.

 The organisation also has a strong focus on early intervention and prevention to help children and families get the support they need so they can stay safely together.

 Berry Street believes that children, young people and families should be safe, thriving, and hopeful. 

Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC)


Imagine being handed a non-curable diagnosis for your child that suddenly changes your lives from that moment on – where simple ‘givens’ like walking, talking, eating or going to school are suddenly unknown…

This is the reality for many parents who have a child born with Cerebral Palsy. Described by families as a “place of hope”, CPEC (Cerebral Palsy Education Centre) is a not-for-profit charity that provides World-leading programs to help children, adults and families living with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions that result in movement challenges, learn essential life skills and live life to the fullest.

CPEC provides over 11,000 hours of therapy a year and uses leading-edge technology to ensure each individual reaches their potential, no matter how severe their disability. Services are designed to be embedded into everyday life activities, with our motto of “learning for life”.    

Providing our life-changing programs and equipment costs over $2,000,000 each year. With no direct government funding and a growing demand for our services, we need your help to continue to support our children and families. The cost of ongoing training and mentoring a therapist to support complex disabilities like cerebral palsy is $10,000 per year. 

There are many ways you can support CPEC – so please, fundraise for us in the 2024 Nike Melbourne Marathon, help us on the day by becoming a volunteer, or make a direct donation now.

Wishing you all the best, our heartfelt thanks and good luck! 

If you would like to learn more about CPEC or how you can support us, please contact Laura Burns via, or visit our website.



Children's Cancer Institute

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer.


60 years ago, childhood cancer was a death sentence. Today, 8 out of 10 children will survive. But there is much work to be done… that’s where you come in!


Join our #GreenTeam today and help find a cure for the 20 children every week diagnosed with cancer in Australia.

When you raise $100, you’ll receive a FREE Children’s Cancer Institute custom running singlet – Saving lives has never looked better!


With the brightest brains, cutting-edge facilities, and the greatest determination, we believe we will get the job done.


With your support, we can, and we will cure childhood cancer.


It’s not if, it’s when.

Find out more at

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

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