The Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids is one of Victoria’s most loved events.
The Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids is a community event, and its primary aim is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The Herald and Weekly Times, through its flagship newspaper, the Herald Sun, has had a long and proud association with the Good Friday Appeal. The Appeal originated in 1931 when a group of Herald and Weekly Times’ employees got together with sports officials to run a sports carnival that raised money for the hospital, then struggling in the grip of the Great Depression.
The Appeal was maintained, funded and nurtured by the Herald and Weekly Times, and since 1956, by television partner Channel Seven.
After a spectacular debut in 2006, the Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids has grown to one of Victoria’s largest mass-participation fun runs with participants experiencing a tremendous thrill running over a great course for a great cause. 2020 marks the 15th anniversary event, and some special anniversary celebrations are planned for the occasion.
The event is proud of its position as one of the single biggest fundraising contributors to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. To date the event has raised over $18.6 million for the Appeal.
In 2020, the event aspires to reach $20million in total fundraising.
The Royal Children’s Hospital improves the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents through leadership in healthcare, research and education. Nearly all families come into direct contact with the work of the hospital at some stage, either through the care of their own children or through friends or family. It is a great children’s hospital that leads the way, and we are thankful for the 25,000+ runners who hit the streets of Melbourne each year to support this important cause by running for the kids.