24 Hour Treadmill Challenge raises over $978,000

36 treadmills were kept in continuous motion for 24 hours from 9am Fri 24 May to 9am Sat 25 May raising  $978,000 (and counting) 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 Storm, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne FC and Essendon 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 7,178 kilometres, guzzled 634 litres of water and listened to more than 502 songs.

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 over $166,000 and the highest fundraising team, which went to Seb & Charlie, who raised almost $111,000.

The highest fundraising individual was awarded to Richard and Danielle Burnet, who were running in a team dedicated to their two very special sons Sebastian and Charlie, who are supported by Very Special Kids. Richard and Danielle raised a massive $29,427.

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, Bubba Pizza, Rapid Relief Team, Wallop Water, Race Party, Freedom Foods, DJ Lachie, Ezycharge, Coca Cola Amatil, Nature Valley, WISE, Bounce, the nurses from the Very Special Kids Hospice, our wonderful MC’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, Cummins, Icon Group, Jellis Craig Foundation, DFP Recruitment, BSH Home Appliances, LINX Cargo Care, OHM Chartered Accountants, We-ef,  Jemena, Hall & Wilcox, Viva Energy, Bodyfit Training, Decjuba, Video My Job, Genesys, Korn Ferry, Play on Sound & Lighting, Seda & Shadforth Finance Group. We hope to see you all again next year!

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We hope to see you all again next year!