Associate Charities

Beyond Blue

Three million people in Australia are living with depression or anxiety and an average of 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 people like you 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.

Join #TeamBeyondBlue and help us answer every call. Raise $50 and you can receive a FREE Proudly Supporting Beyond Blue training singlet to help you look the part!

It’s easy to get started. Simply sign up for the event and create an online fundraising page. We then 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.

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

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


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:

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 provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement. Our integrated approach includes emotional, clinical and practical support to improve quality of life and create positive, lasting memories. 

As Victoria’s only children’s hospice, our holistic services support more than 850 families across Victoria. Our multidisciplinary approach includes clinical care, counselling, sibling support, bereavement support and community activities for the whole family.

We are delighted to be an associate charity for the Melbourne Marathon. We invite you to join Team Very Special Kids and help us raise vital funds to help children, young people and their families navigate the challenges of life-limiting childhood illness.

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 Rowena will be in touch to offer you support during your fundraising journey.

You can reach Rowena directly at or on 03 9804 6228.

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 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 2022 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 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:

Children's Cancer Institute

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. Medical research is how we will cure all children of cancer.

With three children still dying every week from cancer in Australia, there is still more work to be done. But with the brightest brains, cutting-edge facilities and the greatest determination, we will get the job done.

Join our #GreenTeam and help find a cure for the 20 children every week diagnosed with cancer in Australia. When you raise $150, you’ll receive a FREE full running kit – including a Children’s Cancer Institute singlet, cap and sweatband!

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to cure childhood cancer and pioneer safer treatments for children.

We can and we will cure childhood cancer. It’s not if. It’s when

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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 2022.

Join #TeamPOTH (Pets Of The Homeless) for Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival 2022 and help us raise much needed funds to keep people and pets together.

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. 

Miracle Babies Foundation

Having a baby born premature or sick can be life-changing and the experience can impact the entire family unit.

48,000 babies are born premature or sick and up to 1,000 babies will sadly lose their fight for life.

Babies born premature are at increased of disabilities, developmental delays and behavioural challenges, and parents are at increased risk of Post-Natal Depression, anxiety and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not for profit organization supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

The journey doesn’t end once baby leaves the hospital, and the impacts can last a lifetime.

Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond, for years beyond even up until adulthood. Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals, Miracle Babies’ support services and also work in advocacy and research achieves better long-term outcomes for future families impacted by prematurity or sickness at birth.

$143 provides full support to one family throughout their hospital journey and $54 supports a family sadly grieving the loss of their newborn born premature or critically ill.

Your fundraising will provide life-changing support.

Money raised goes toward Miracle Babies vital support services for families, which includes emotional support via the 24-Hour helpline (NurtureLine), face-to-face support services during their hospital stay (NurtureTime), and free play and support groups after they leave the hospital (NurtureGroup). Miracle Babies also provide emergency care packs, NICU Survival Packs (which include the NurtureGuide Book to help families through their NICU experience and beyond), Memory Boxes for families mourning the death of their baby, along with donations of clothing and items for premature and sick babies.

Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia represents the almost half a million Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care.

Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families & carers. We provide advocacy, support services, education & information. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

With your generosity and support we can continue to provide services such as –

  • Operation of the National Dementia Helpline where people can talk to caring and experienced professionals;
  • Living with Memory Loss Programs where people can obtain information and talk confidentially with others in a similar situation;
  • Library and information services which provides access to dementia related consumer health information and services;
  • Providing Carer Support Groups in metropolitan and regional areas;
  • Assisting many in time of need with our education seminars, workshops and programs.

Power Up Youth Alliance

More than ever, there is a huge need for young people to reconnect with positive social health and wellbeing experiences.

The Power Up Youth Alliance is a group of 7 charities working together to support the 30,000+ young people we collectively work with through mentoring, social inclusion, sustainable employment and empowerment programs.

We are delighted to be an associate charity for the 2022 Nike Melbourne Marathon and invite you to run for the Power Up Youth Alliance. You really will make a big difference to the 1 in 4 young people facing challenges right now, with every donation shared equally amongst the 7 charities – making your donations go further. By choosing to run for the Power Up Youth Alliance, you are supporting:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: mentoring program for socially and emotionally isolated youth.
  • Brainwave: empowering and supporting families of children with brain conditions.
  • Bully Zero: preventing and reducing bullying through evidence-based education, advocacy and support.
  • Little Dreamers: empowering and supporting Young Carers through short and long term programs.
  • Lord Somers Camp and Power House: strengthening communities and empowering youth.
  • Ready Set: supporting long term unemployed to overcome obstacles on the road to employment.
  • Stride Education: empowering young people with the skills they need to thrive.


Choose to make your donations go further by simply selecting ‘Power Up Youth Alliance’ as who you will be fundraising for when registering in the Melbourne Marathon.

Your online fundraising page will automatically be created, and we will be in touch with dedicated fundraising support, opportunities to win awesome prizes and lots of fun and incentives along the way.

For more information visit or email us at

Running for Premature Babies

26000 babies are born prematurely each year, with many relying on cutting edge neonatal equipment to survive.

Running for Premature Babies provides life-saving neonatal equipment giving sick and premature babies a better chance of survival, and funds research to advance the care of premature babies for the future. 

Since the charity was founded in memory of baby triplets Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith, Running for Premature Babies has raised $5 million, providing 100 pieces of life-saving equipment to neonatal units around Australia, and funding ground-breaking research into the care of premature babies. It is estimated that 7000 babies have directly benefitted from the charity’s work.

This year Running for Premature Babies is coming to Victoria for the very first time, supporting the equipment needs of the Casey Hospital Special Care Unit and the Monash Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which provides care for the sickest babies in Victoria.

Join us in the Melbourne Marathon to celebrate a survivor of prematurity, to honour a baby who has died, or simply to support a cause that will make a tangible difference to hundreds of families in Victoria.

You’ll get to experience the incredible camaraderie of our team and will feel amazing crossing the line knowing you’ve turned an incredible personal achievement into one that is life-giving too.

To find out more about the charity and how it all began go to

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Soldier On

Did you know?

Our veterans are 2.2 times more at risk of suicide than other members of our community.

Soldier On’s mission is to enable serving and ex-serving veterans and their families to thrive.

Soldier On works closely with veterans and their families, to strengthen resilience and develop meaningful connections with family members, mates, and the local community. 

We do this through a diverse range of health and wellbeing services with a focus on mental health support, employment opportunities, learning and education programs, and participation in community, social, and sporting activities. These programs are only made possible through the generous support of the Australian community and our partners.



We need your help so Soldier On provide vital support services to enable our veterans and their families to thrive.

Join #TeamSoldierOn today and raise $250 to receive a free Soldier On running t-shirt! Even better is knowing that every step you take is playing a vital role to help prevent veteran suicide. 

So, get ready to walk in the footsteps of heroes and sign up to raise funds for Soldier On today. Because together, we are stronger.

Jodi Lee Foundation

Jodi Lee Foundation
– Raising awareness for bowel cancer prevention and early detection

Jodi Lee lost her life to bowel cancer at the age of 41, leaving behind her husband and two young children. The Jodi Lee Foundation was established in her honour in 2010, to be a leading voice for the prevention and early detection of bowel cancer.


Each year the Jodi Lee Foundation reaches millions of Australians through its national initiatives to fight bowel cancer – one bowel screening test at a time, one awareness campaign at a time, one story at a time.


Bowel cancer is now the leading cancer killer in Australians aged 25-34, and the second leading cancer killer in Australia overall. But it doesn’t have to be.  That’s because, if detected early, up to 99% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated or even prevented.


The Jodi Lee Foundation urges Australians to take active steps to prevent bowel cancer by:

  • adopting a healthy and active lifestyle
  • seeing their GP if they have a family history of bowel cancer to discuss the most appropriate screening options and prevention strategies
  • acting on bowel cancer symptoms by speaking with their GP, regardless of age
  • completing the free at-home National Bowel Cancer Screening Test when it arrives in the post from the Australian Government (50-74 year-olds).

Help make a difference by selecting ‘Jodi Lee Foundation’ as your chosen charity when registering for the Melbourne Marathon.

To learn more about bowel cancer or to find out more about the work of the Jodi Lee Foundation visit:


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