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Run for Meli! Surf Coast Century partnership announced

Surf Coast century to raise money for children and young people in care.

Every step will count when runners hit the spectacular Great Ocean Road for the Surf Coast Century ultra marathon in September.

Meli has been named official charity partner for the Surf Coast Century, helping to raise funds for children and young people in foster care.

“The Surf Coast Century is proud to be partnering with local community support organisation, Meli, to help raise funds as part of their September Foster-a-Future Appeal,” said Kate Woods from event organiser Rapid Ascent.

The Surf Coast Century Weekend will include a Kids Run on Sunday 17 September with proceeds going to Meli in support of children and young people in care, and foster families. The Meli Kids Run is open to children aged up to 10 and is a 2.5 km trail along the Anglesea main beach.

Meli will also hold a barbecue and family activities following the race, making it a fun day out for children and families with all welcome, whether running or not.

Meli CEO Grant Boyd is urging runners and teams to sign up for the Surf Coast Century and   support the many children in Geelong and the Surf Coast who need a safe and loving home.

“In Victoria, it is predicted that we could have 27,500 children in out-of-home care by 2026 – more than any other state and territory in Australia,” Mr Boyd said.

“Meli’s foster care program is one of the largest in the Barwon region, yet there is always a shortage of foster care families and funds to help support current carers.

“By running for Meli, you are not only investing in your own physical health and well-being, but you’re also changing a young child’s life.”

Register your interest in running for Meli’s Foster-A-Future Appeal by emailing hellomeli@meli.org.au or if you can’t run for Meli, consider making a one-off donation here.

For more information about the Surf Coast Century and the Meli Kids Run, visit surfcoastcentury.rapidascent.com.au

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