Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rotary Aiming for 2000 Runners; Registration Opens for Stanwell Power Station Rocky River Run

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rotary Aiming for 2000 Runners; Registration Opens for Stanwell Power Station Rocky River Run

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Byline: Michelle Curran michelle.curran@capnews.com.au

RUNNING: Online registrations have opened and entries have started flooding in for the 2013 Stanwell Power Station Rocky River Run.

While it was only early days, it was a positive sign for Rotary Club of Rockhampton organisers, who were aiming to attract more than 2000 runners at the June 2 event.

As part of their goal to beat last yearCOs total of 1500 participants, Rotary Club targeted schools in the region as a way to get more runners involved, and set up a fundraising initiative which would have money return to selected schools.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre trying to involve as many people as possible and we are offering a fundraiser to schools ... itCOs our first year targeting schools in an effort to get greater community participation,C[yen] said the Rotary Club of Rockhampton schools co-ordinator Julie Blair.

When individuals enter the event online, $2 of the entry fee goes to a school nominated by the individual.

C[pounds sterling]ThereCOs a drop down list on the menu with approximately 56 schools in Rockhampton and Yeppoon that you can choose from Co you donCOt need to be affiliated with the school you choose either,C[yen] Blair said.

C[pounds sterling]It is up to the school as to how they wish to spend the money ... and that $2 is on top of the rest of the money we distribute to various organisations at the end of the run,C[yen] she said.

The event has a strong focus on the prevention of youth suicide, and again, funds will go towards charities and organisations focused on the prevention of depression, anxiety and suicide in the communityCOs youth.

Recent funds raised from the Rocky River Run have gone to Lifeline and school chaplaincies.

Another new project this year was an initiative between Rotary Club of Rockhampton and CQUniversity which will get money from the annual Rocky River Run.

Funds will be allocated to the promotion of preventing depression and anxiety as well as research into mental health issues. …

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