Run for the Kids 2020
Every year, a team of Give a Smile orthodontists, staff, friends and family come together to participate in the Herald Sun/Transurban Run for The Kids event in Victoria.
Run for the Kids is a major fundraising event for the Royal Children’s Hospital and it has a wonderful synergy with Give a Smile, which exists to bring a confident smile to the faces of children in lower income families for whom professional orthodontic treatment would normally be out of reach.
The money raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal through Run for the Kids helps to fund projects, research and technological innovations to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.
This year, the event was cancelled to minimise the risk of public exposure to COVID-19. Still keen to support this worthy cause, the Give a Smile team of more than 50 participants donned their Run for the Kids bibs along with their Give a Smile t-shirts and caps and completed runs or walks in their local areas.
Give A Smile Chairman Dr Jonathan Rooke was impressed by the widespread support of the charity run, and he was pleasantly surprised by the number of Give A Smile runners that wanted to still honour their commitment and support the cause by completing the equivalent distance on their own.
“Give A Smile and Run for The Kids share a great history as both were established around the same time, 15 years ago. From the very first Run for The Kids event, Give A Smile has submitted an enthusiastic team – rain, hail or shine.
“Although it was disappointing that we were unable to run through the streets with thousands of other Melburnians this year, it was still great to remain involved and support the event and to keep the tradition alive,” Dr Rooke said.