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.
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.
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.