Health workers running for charity

Colac Area Health employees, from left, Ann Hennessy, Malisa Galioto, Claire Dagley and Lauren Tonkin will take part in the Run Colac fun run at Colac Botanic Gardens on Friday.

COLAC health workers will put their running shoes on to boost the services they provide each day.

More than 15 Colac Area Health employees will join the Run Colac fun run at Colac Botanic Gardens on Friday keen to help their organisation.

The run, in its second year, is raising money for Colac Area Health as well as HeartKids Australia and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dietitian Claire Dagley said workers from different teams at the hospital had shown interest in competing, which prompted CAH to unite the runners.

“Malisa Galioto, Marg White and I were keen to form a Colac Area Health team, so we decided to move things forward by taking on a co-ordinated approach,” she said.

“There are 21 CAH employees participating in our team, with the vast majority running or walking.

“Some employees have joined our team as support crew to help run the Team CAH barbecue.

“Employees were keen to get involved – many saw it as an opportunity to support an event that directly supports CAH.

“We also have some keen walkers and runners, so that was also a motivating factor in participation.”

Ms Dagley said it was important CAH was a role model for living healthy lives in the Colac district.

“It would be fantastic if CAH could act as a role model for other organisations, both within and around Colac, to promote physical activity and community engagement,” she said.

Money raised for Colac Area Health will go towards children’s services, including refurbishing and equipping a counselling room to provide art therapy.

Run Colac events start from 5pm at the gardens, with a 100-metre dash at 6pm.

The five-kilometre and 10-kilometre events, which use the Lake Colac foreshore and the botanic gardens trail, start at 6.30pm.

Organisers are urging people to register early at or by visiting accounting firm WHK Colac.

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