The Cadbury Marathon was the first marathon event in Australia for the year, taking place on 12 January. It is the only race in the world with the lure of chocolate goodies at the finish line, as the course takes in two laps of the famous Cadbury Estate overlooking the Derwent River.
Bradley Collins from Canberra pounded the pavement in Tasmanias largest marathon event, competing against 2,500 runners. With very little time to train, he still managed to pull off the 42km race in 3hr 36mins.
Bradley said hes always been a keen marathon contender, but this year he wanted to go that extra mile by fundraising for abused and neglected kids.
I grew up having a father as a social worker and so I was exposed to the work he did with kids in foster care. I now realise how fortunate I was to grow up having a loving and caring family.
There are lots of charities out there that are concerned with raising money to fund cancer research and I wanted to support a charity that does its best to help vulnerable kids and stop lifelong child abuse, he said.
In a matter of hours, Bradley exceeded his initial fundraising target of $2,000 and quickly increased his target to $3,000. A few days later he managed to raise a total of $3,425 for Act for Kids with the support and generosity of his colleagues, family and friends.
Congratulations to Bradley for his enthusiasm and efforts in raising awareness and funds for abused and neglected kids.
Our goal is to ensure that all children have a safe, happy and healthy childhood, free from abuse and neglect. Without the help of our fundraisers, our vital work in improving the lives of those suffering from abuse and neglect would not be possible.