As you probably know, Hearts Across Australia is a huge supporter of the parkrun concept. Indeed, the journey from Perth to Brisbane started and ended with parkrun events, the three #HAAmigos took part in parkruns in all the capital cities (plus Kalgoorlie) along the way, and we received MASSIVE support, encouragement and friendship from parkrunners across the whole of Australia. I (Gary) also happen to be a parkrun Event Director and, more recently, Event Ambassador.
You probably also know that Hearts Across Australia advocates for better lifestyle choices, active lifestyles, the benefits of being active, and encouraging people to work towards better heart health, better overall health, and better mental wellbeing.
You also probably know that our charity focus has been the Heart Foundation, raising money and awareness and also exploring ways to raise money for defibs in the community.
Finally, you may be aware that parkrun Australia has been actively working towards having an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at every parkrun event, and for new events to have an AED from launch.
So put this all together and what have you got?
Well, I will tell you.... we are currently working towards having an #HAA team at the 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, with 20+ runners taking part in events across the entire weekend over different distances. Being part of this team will allow you to register no and pay later, receive a discount on your entry (as long as we hit 20+ members) and also comes with ZERO charity fundraising requirement / commitment.
However, we WILL have an optional charity focus that team members are encouraged to promote if they so desire, and that charity will be #defibs4parkrun the #parkrun initiative, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation, to raise funds to provide defibs to all parkrun events in Australia.
The fund-raising website currently shows considerable progress towards the goal, and through #HAA2018 we want to help close the $145k gap that currently exists.
parkrun is an amazing concept, an awesome global phenomenon, and is now even being "prescribed" / recommended by health care practitioners in the UK! The physical activity, the community spirit, the sense of belonging, the ability to volunteer and be part of it all... it all creates what has to be a perfect solution to many of society's physical and mental health issues...
parkrun has given so much to Hearts Across Australia, be part of our team for #GCM18 and help us to give back to parkrun!
Register at https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/enter/
Select Hearts Across Australia as your team, using the PIN code of HAA to confirm
And if you wish to promote the #defibs4parkrun cause, simply point people to this location:
See you on the Gold Coast!