Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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I was pretty unsure of what to do to mark the first anniversary of Mal’s death. When I found out that the Blackmore’s Bridge Run was that day, I knew it would be the perfect way to celebrate my life with him. He loved to support me and our family at Parkrun and City2Surf, even though he couldn’t run himself and the weather was not always that pleasant as he waited at the finish line to not only us on, but EVERYBODY running. He’d often be at St Peters parkrun in Sydney Park on a Saturday morning until the last runner had come through, telling them how great they were, even after big hits of chemo the day before. Often he'd have to be supported to get back to the car, but this was important to him. So I’ve signed up to do the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 10km Bridge Run on Sunday 17 September and will try to raise a bit of money for charity in the process. So I’ve signed up to do the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 10km Bridge Run on Sunday 17 September and will try to raise a bit of money for charity in the process. I have decided to support beyondblue which works to support the estimated 3 million Australians dealing with depression and anxiety. These are issues that have had significant and challenging impact upon our home as well as many friends and family, so it is well worth supporting this organization, me thinks. I set a modest target of $600 to start with and we blitzed it! Feels great to see so many people coming out in support of this important cause.

About my cause: beyondblue

3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Most Australians have some experience with anxiety and depression or related disorders, whether it is personal or via family, friends or work colleagues. beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.   

beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation and a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression/anxiety and their carers, to bring together expertise and provide tools and resources.  

For information on depression, anxiety and related disorders, available treatments and where to get help, visit, call beyondblue info line: 1300 22 4636 (local call cost from a landline), or email /

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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