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CHARITY RECORD FOR ICONIC FUN RUN

Brisbane’s biggest fun run is aiming to beat its fundraising record this weekend.

The Sunday Mail Transurban Bridge to Brisbane is on Sunday, 28 August – and is open to participants of all ages and abilities.

Organisers are hoping to beat the 2021 fundraising record of just under $1.2 million raised for over 300 charities.

Participants dress up for the Bridge to Brisbane (Source: Facebook)

There are two distances to choose from – a 10 kilometre race or a 4.5 kilometre event.

Participants can choose a cause close to their heart to raise money for – and $5 from each entry for participants under the age of 15, will be donated to their school charity of choice.

Funds raised help organisations including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Children’s Hospital Queensland, the Salvation Army, Dementia Australia, Cancer Council Queensland and Mates4Mates.

Mates4Mates is a beneficiary of the Bridge to Brisbane. (Source: Facebook)

Mates4Mates is an Australian veteran charity, that actively changes the lives of current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families, impacted by service.

Mates4Mates Senior Liaison Officer Janine is team captain for the fun run.

“We have a team of 50+ veterans and family members who have signed up for Bridge to Brisbane … they’re highlighting the importance of social connection and physical activity for those experiencing service-related physical injuries, mental health issues and isolation.”Janine, Mates4Mates.

For the first time this year, participants in the 10 kilometre race will have the chance to record their ‘bridge time’ as part of a ‘beat the bridge’ challenge – as they take on the Gateway Bridge.

Participants of the shorter distance begin at Hamilton and loop along the river.

Participants take on the Gateway Bridge. (Source: Facebook)

Both events finish at the iconic Brisbane Showgrounds race village.

Road closures will be in place, and transport options are available.

For more information on the event or to donate, visit https://bridgetobrisbane.com.au/.

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