19 June 2020

Go Hannah London Marathon 2018

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Local Bonner resident Hannah is ticking off running the London Marathon from her bucket list in 2018 in memory of a dear friend. We sat down with Hannah to find out why this challenge is so important to her and how this can help with cancer research.

“In 2017 I lost a dear and lifelong family friend; Barry, to cancer. This person was a huge part of my life in my teens and a much loved and cherished family friend. His death has affected our family deeply. The sadness and frustration at seeing him suffer and eventually pass was very painful, and spirited me to make an attempt to make a difference. A difference that would mean no one else or their families would have to suffer the same way. Cancer affects us all either directly or indirectly. I can only too easily name amongst my friends those who have lost loved ones to cancer, or that are currently suffering from cancer themselves. I want to change that.”

We asked Hannah what other fundraising she has done in the past. “I’m no stranger to participating in charity fundraising events through activities and sports. Since 2015 I have participated annually in the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim at the AIS Arena, Canberra. In the three years I have swam in the Mega Swim I have completed 6 km of swimming and raised over $1000 to support people suffering from multiple sclerosis and their families.”

“In 2015 I captained the National Gallery of Australia team for the Great Cycle Challenge. For this event NGA staff members cycled as many kilometres as possible in the month of October. As a team we raised nearly $4,000 Children’s Medical Research Institute to fight cancer in children.”

“I also completed the inaugural half marathon Run for your Lifeline for Lifeline Canberra a charity to support people in crisis and those experiencing thoughts of suicide. In the same month I also completed the 20 km Tough Mudder in Sydney for the charity Solider On supporting Australian exservice men and women.”

“I have twice now; in 2012 and 2014 taken part in Frocktober an annual fundraising event for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). I have raised a total of over $2,000 across the two years in which I participated in Frocktober by wearing a different dress every day in the month of October. Not only is Frocktober a great event that raises awareness in addition to funds for OCRF it is also hugely popular and a lot of fun to participate in.”

“In 2015 and 2016 I took part in the 14km run as part of the Canberra Times Fun Run held every September in Canberra. It was my participation in the 2016 event that I chose Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) as my nominated charity. Shortly after this event I realised I could make a difference and do something to help cancer research and make the London Marathon a reality. The rest, as they say, is history…”

The London Marathon spans 42.195 km (26.219 mi) through the streets of London passing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks on the way. The race comprises of a number of groups made up from Elite Men and Women, Elite Wheelchair Men and Women and Mass Race (amateurs). The amateur group make up the bulk of the runners – around 35,000 people making the London Marathon the Guinness World Record holder as the biggest fundraising event in the world raising £770 million since its inception

Hannah has a goal for the 2018 London Virgin Money Marathon to raise $10,000 for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. To achieve this she is asking for donations and sponsorship from businesses.

The donations received go to research with the power to beat cancer – research that is vital to the development of effective treatments and diagnostic measures for all types of cancer.

The ACRF are able to ensure that only the most promising cancer research initiatives in Australia receive our charity foundation funding, thanks to their esteemed Medical Research Advisory Committee (MRAC).

By sponsoring or donating to the fundraising effort you will receive in return a number of promotional and advertising opportunities and coverage across Canberra and worldwide. Depending on the level of sponsorship offered you will receive extensive social media coverage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as tangible promotion through your logo on training gear and the race day jersey.

There are five sponsorship packages available $200 – $5,000 (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus) each with increasing levels of one-off payments offering you an increasing level of promotion and coverage.

All donations from $100-$199 (£50-£99) will receive an exclusive Jen Khatun illustrated thank you card.

100% of your all sponsorship and donation funds will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. This adventure is otherwise entirely self-funded. All travel, accommodation, training, promotional opportunities are costs are borne by Hannah as a participant in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

You can follow Hannah’s story here www.facebook.com/gohannahlondon2018 Donations can be made here: https://londonmarathon18.everydayhero.com/au/go-hannah-london-2018

If you would like to know more about the sponsorship opportunities please email Hannah [email protected]

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