Gosch’s Paddock saw in Saturday morning’s sunrise in full-swing with activity, as it welcomed hundreds of participants to embark on the Upstream Foundation’s major fundraising and community event.
Beginning at Melbourne and Olympic Parks, the annual Upstream Challenge is a 50km or 20km fun run, raising funds for 5 local charities:
- Raise – the youth mentoring foundation
- Very Special Kids – Children’s hospice and family support
- FareShare – providing food for those in need and preventing food waste
- Isabella & Marcus – Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund
- Her Heart – fighting Heart Disease in Women
Before the event even began, as of Friday already $150,000 in donations had been raised.
Among the participants was Jess Holmes, who lost her 6-year-old son Henry nearly 5 years ago when he suffered a stroke, making him unable to walk or talk, and causing him epilepsy, asthma, respiratory illness, cataracts, and scoliosis.
“Last year my feet were a bit sore by the end of the day but that is a pain that will go away. The pain of losing a child doesn’t ever go away, Very Special Kids play a massive part in families been able to live with that pain,” said Jess.
Special thanks must go to the AAMI Park’s operations and security team members who assisted in facilitating this event in the lead-up and kick-started their weekend onsite from 4am on the day to bump in the activations and have the starting line ready to go!