24 Hour Treadmill Challenge raises over $928,000!

36 treadmills were kept in continuous motion for 24 hours from 9am Fri 25 May to 9am Fri 26 May raising over $928,000 for children in 24 hour care at Very Special Kids Hospice in Melbourne.

Over 1,000 participants including AFL players, politicians, TV personalities and people that have been touched by Very Special Kids, joined forces to keep the treadmills going and raise as much money as possible.

Players from Melbourne City, Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne FC and Melbourne Victory came to show support, many jumping on a treadmill to motivate and entertain participants.

By the end of the 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge participants had covered over 7,200 kilometers, guzzled 651 litres of water, listened to more than 498 songs, and far exceeded the event’s goal to raise $880,000 through donations from friends and family.

To celebrate the end of the 24 hours we held an award ceremony congratulating the top fundraising efforts. This included the highest fundraising corporate, which went to ALH Group who raised $180,475 and the highest fundraising team, which went to Seb & Charlie, who raised $71,788.

The highest fundraising individual was awarded to Paul and Jane Hallam, who were running in a team dedicated to two very special brothers Sebastian and Charlie, who are supported by Very Special Kids. Paul and Jane raised a massive $15,511.

The 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge was made possible through the support of 7 News, 3AW, NOVOFIT, Harry the Hirer and TRUE fitness. We’d also like to thank ALH Group, Rapid Relief Team, Ian & Norin from Race Party,  PFD Foods, Bubba Pizza, Coco Cola Amatil, Carmen’s, Nature Valley, the nurses from the Very Special Kids Hospice, our wonderful MC’s and DJ’s, the 100 volunteers who donated their time and the incredible participants who made the event so special!

Special thanks to all the corporate groups who participated in the event as well, including  Ernst & Young, JBWere, NAB, Guild Group, Toyota Southern Region Office, Toyota Financial Services, Bupa, Cummins, Icon Group, Daimler, Jellis Craig Foundation, DFP recruitment, BSH Home Appliances, LINX Cargo Care, OHM Chartered Accountants, We-ef, Jemena, Telstra, SAS, Hall & Wilcox, Viva Energy, Blue Sky Accounting, Flexed and Westend Market Hotel. We hope to see you all again next year!

See more photos from the event here.