Returning in full strength for its second year, Run Army is calling on the South-East Queensland community to join in a new Anzac Day tradition on Sunday 24 April to support the Australian Army and Legacy . Thousands of participants will follow in the footsteps of past generations of diggers as they run five or 10 kilometres along a Brisbane CBD area trail, pushing themselves physically as well as mentally to finish the run to raise money for charity and raise awareness for Legacy and the veteran families it supports.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was an opportunity for Queenslanders to show support and care for veterans and their families. “Anzac Day is a time to honour the people who have helped to shape Australia as a country, and the Run Army
will demonstrate our wholehearted support for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force
(ADF) and their families across Queensland,” the Premier said. “Recently we have seen how serving members of the ADF have come to our aid in the floods. “This is a great way to come together as communities, in groups or as individuals, to show respect for our veterans who have given so much in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and continue to do so.”
Legacy Brisbane CEO and war veteran, Brendan Cox is thrilled to announce Legacy Brisbane’s partnership with the
community event for the second year “We are honoured to come on as the official beneficiary of this year’s Run Army – a fantastic event that not only encourages the physical and mental wellbeing of our community, but helps us continue to support the families in our care,” Mr Cox said. “I invite the community of Brisbane to join me and demonstrate our collective support to our current generation of service personnel, while remembering those who have given their life and health in the service of our country,” he added.
Run Army Ambassador and Victoria Cross recipient, Dan Keighran VC is proud to jump onboard as an ambassador
of this year’s event and continue to show his support for the veteran community. “After discharging from full-time service, I made it my mission to continue to support our veterans and the many causes and organisations that service this community, such as Legacy,” Mr Keighran said.
Legacy Brisbane widow, Kelly Walton lost her husband, Rick when he was serving in Afghanistan and was tragically
gunned down by a rogue Afghan soldier at an Afghan patrol base on 29 August 2012. Ms Walton is forever grateful of the support she has received from Legacy Brisbane and encourages the community to lace up their running shoes and help raise funds to support Legacy Brisbane and the families of veterans – like her own.
“Since the death of my husband, Rick, in Afghanistan in 2012, Legacy has been there to support my two girls and I every step of the way – putting us in touch with a community of families who were experiencing a similar loss or grief of a loved one,” said Ms Walton. “Words cannot describe how grateful we are for the support of Legacy. Through participating in this year’s Run Army, you can help Legacy continue to support other families like mine, whose loved one may have given their life or health to our country.”
Registrations for the 5km event start at $25 for children and the 10km start at $30 and are now open. To register
for this year’s event, head to https://runarmy.org.au/cms/register.
Can’t join the Brisbane event in-person? Recruit your family, friends or neighbours to join you for a virtual event (here). Virtual runners and walkers will be able to join from their own neighbourhoods, anywhere across Australia, to raise funds for their local Legacy clubs.