On Sunday the 6th of December, the children’s charity Variety is hosting a ‘Santa Fun Run’ at Circular Quay. The 5km accessible walk will go around the beautiful Darling Harbour and finish at First Fleet Park.
At a small cost of $10 for entry, participants will be donating to charity and score a free five piece Santa suit they wear on the course. This also includes listening to a live DJ at the start and finish line filling the course with music the entire way and a giant snow dome where people can enter and play in.
Variety is hoping to raise $250,000 to support kids this Christmas season who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Nova FM have conducted a study for the charitable organisation ‘Variety’ and found out that there are 91,476 children helped and financed by Variety by funding sick or children with special needs. Over 133 conditions have been supported by this charity and 62 grants of equipment have been funded to the disadvantaged.
Groups of four or five people online have helped raised funds for the event. The team who donated the highest was ‘Active Kids Group’ who raised $2,030. They have 19 members who initially has a $500 goal but they have successfully exceeded this amount with 49 total donations.
Transport NSW are providing free transport to and from Circular Quay, the Sydney ferries, trains and buses are also doing the same.
So far this year there were 1,744 registrations supporting the fun run and donating to charity. There were 795 total donations for Variety Australia.
Sydney is the last of 8 Santa fun runs which have already happened within the week. Last year the CEO of Variety spoke about how important the fundraiser was to the organisation.
“Christmas is a time when our thoughts turn, not only to our own families, but to those who are having a tougher time than we are. Being part of the Santa Fun Run is a fantastic way to make a difference for Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and their families at this special time of year”.