Connor’s Run: The charity event you should know about

Connor and his mum, Liz Dawes, RCD Foundation

In 2013, Connor Robert Dawes passed away from brain cancer. 

Connor’s Run is a charity event that was created the year Connor passed away by the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation (RCD). All funds raised through the charity event goes toward cancer research.

Last year, 70% of participants of Connor’s Run were young people under the age of 24.

Connor’s Run is held annually in September, with the starting point at Hampton beach to Alexandra Gardens. The track goes for 18.8 km, the age Connor was when he passed away: 18 years and eight months.

This was the sixth year of Connor’s Run, the biggest so far. The event raised more than $3.2 million.

Connor’s high school friends, Ben Stiener, RCD Foundation

Ben Stonier raised $2000 this year. He and Connor met at Brighton Grammar in year five. Both families took their pets to play at a park in Sandringham.

Ben tells us what kind of person Connor was in this interview:

This year’s event was covered on 9 news Melbourne.


Sunday was run-day for thousands who took part in an event designed to raise money for vital brain cancer research. #9News |

Posted by 9 News Melbourne on Sunday, 16 September 2018


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that the leading cause of cancer death in young Australians was brain cancer.

The RCD Foundation’s website says, ‘What  started  in  2013  as  1,000  of  Connor’s  family,  friends,  school  and  local  community,  is  now  the  biggest  event  for  paediatric  brain  cancer  in  Australia’.

Connor’s Run promotes itself as ‘more fun than run’, a fun run that’s ‘not about winning, or running’. The run includes coffee, yoga, bands playing throughout the run, massages once the run is completed, as well as a barbeque and dance party.  

There are 35 Coles stores across Victoria that partnered with the RCD foundation, where community members have donated $76, 044 this year.


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