It took no time at all for the Border’s City2City fun run and walk to make its mark.
About 3500 people took off from the starting line when the major fundraiser was first held two years ago.
That is expected to rise to at least 5000 when the third City2City from Albury’s Dean Steet to Wodonga’s water tower takes place on February 19.
Up to $100,000raised from the 2017 event will go towards the Albury Wodonga Health maternity unit at the Wodonga hospital.
In particular, the focus will be on creating anew area for high-care babies.
This will be a tremendous outcome and certainly makes clear the dual purpose of the City2City.
That is, not only is it something where the community can come together in the interest of better health, it also helps those who in turn need the community’s support.
The organisers of the City2City should be congratulated on what they have achieved in such a relatively short period of time.
But of course with that success comes greater demands on keeping the event running as smoothly as it has in the past while catering for the ever-increasing demand –demand that had numbers at 3509 in the first year and 4273 in 2016.
Put simply, that translates to the need for more people on the ground taking care of all those things that allows that to take place.
There is even more need in 2017 for this assistance, given that the 8am 10-kilometre run and 8.10am 7.5-kilometre run will be joined by a 7.5-kilometre “walk and talk” at 8.30am.
As City2City volunteer co-ordinator John Roberts says, organisers will take everyonethey can get “because there’s always jobs to be done”.
“It’s a great event for both cities and to participate on a volunteer level is really rewarding.”
It is perhaps obvious to state that without some support, the success of something like the City2City could easily be out of reach.
We would hope that thegrassroots nature of the event and the fact the community takes the cause to heart will translate to people putting up their hands to take part.
By doing so there is no reason why the City2City cannot continue to grow.
And that will not only keep the City2City as an integral part of the Border calendar for years to come, itwill also ensure those who need financial support in the community are also assisted.
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