Raising funds and fitness at Run Melbourne

We are excited to report that two runners, Matt and Tiana, completed Run Melbourne while raising money for Ardoch on Sunday 30 July.

Tiana ran her first 10km race and Matt was in the fastest group of runners for the half marathon. The grinning faces proudly displaying medals and Ardoch T-shirts says a lot.

Running a long-distance race can be a daunting prospect, and requires a lot of self-motivation and personal drive to keep going to the finish line. Some say you need a goal that’s bigger than yourself, something that will give you inspiration when your energy is flagging and you want to give up.

Matt Morris certainly found this inspiration through fundraising. He says that running on behalf of Ardoch this year added more meaning and direction to his running. “As a teacher, I understand the importance of strong literacy and numeracy skills to future educational achievements of children. However, many children start school on the back foot, and struggle to catch up. It is great that Ardoch supports such children,” he explained.

Twenty seven-year-old Mathew is a professional teacher currently teaching science and maths at De La Salle College. He also runs a unique business called Running Tours, which combines sightseeing and running across the city.

Matt and Tiana say that they are inspired by the work of the Ardoch Youth Foundation and that, as teachers, this is a cause that’s close to their hearts.

We sincerely thank all of Matt and Tiana’s generous supporters for their contribution which helps Ardoch to deliver its valuable programs to more children and young people in need.

Ardoch is an education charity that supports children and young people in disadvantaged communities.