I don't run races.
I run continents ... to raise much needed funds for charities.
About the run
My name is Andre Jones and on Sunday 26 January 2020 I set off from the MCG and commenced the 1,600kms solo through Victoria to raise funds for our drought affected farmers and fire affected wildlife.
If you’ve been following my previous journeys, you may recall I am not a huge fan of running - unless it’s for a purpose. Happy to jog to and from work, or when I was a Milko in the Blue Mountains, and when I was in the Navy for the physical fitness aspect.
I don’t normally go for a jog just for the hell of it. I’m not that keen. However, for a good cause, I will don the running shoes and pound the road.
To date, I have run approximately 9,100kms over 225 days for various charities.
Much of Australia is undergoing yet another drought on top of the recent bushfire tragedies, so I'll be concentrating my efforts in Victoria. To that end, I have chosen
While I won’t be able to cover all of Victoria, it is my hope I can cover the majority of the worst areas.
I’ll be running from town to town, spending my nights at either a local pub, or a friendly supporter. Sometimes these days will be a 30km run, other days it will be 50+kms. I have not allowed for rest days, and I’ve learnt through experience not to stick to schedule at all-costs, but we’ll see how we go.
From the MCG, at 12:30pm on Sunday 26th January 2020, I’ll head west towards Dimboola, turn north to Mildura, turn east to Wodonga and then south to the MCG via Packenham.
Assuming reasonable weather and manageable injuries, I hope to return to the MCG Saturday morning 7 March 2020.
Since 2006 Need For Feed have been supporting communities and farmers across Victoria.
In December 2006, Founder Graham Cockerell, donated & delivered one truck load of hay which was distributed by Cowwar Toongabbie Lions Club to farmers burnt out in their area.The problem was that it was only 5 small bales of hay for each farmer. Graham returned to his home determined to round up others to help make a difference. Neighbor Barry Medwin, who lost his own wife & daughter in the 1983 Ash Wednesday Fires, donated the next semi load of hay & Grahams Hot Rodding mate Doug Hamilton suggested a Bush Fire Benefit which raised $23.000. A local paper then published a story on the events entitled NEED FOR FEED & so we were born!
Every year since NEED FOR FEED has raised funds for Fire, Drought and Flood Relief, becoming the major supplier of emergency fodder & transport, outstripping the State Government and Other Agencies combined.
The organisations is supplying the stock & animal feed needs of affected larger properties by semi loads & supplying smaller properties by ute convoys.
They continue to raise funds to support all farmers in fire, drought and flood affected areas each year as required as they struggle to rebuild properties and livelihoods in times of crisis and natural events.
NEED FOR FEED cannot do this without your support and assistance.
Please give generously so that affected properties can rebuild and be supported!
RAISED SO FAR
Wildlife Victoria has provided the community with a Wildlife Emergency Response service for 30 years.
Every year thousands of native animals in Victoria become sick, injured or orphaned, often as a direct result of human activity. If left unassisted, these animals may suffer and die in pain or of starvation.
Our Wildlife Emergency Response Service receives notifications from members of the public via our emergency phone and online reporting system. We receive about 80,000 requests for help a year and help over 50,000 animals. When a member of the public contacts us about a sick, injured or orphaned animal, our Emergency Response Operators provide advice to help the caller manage the situation appropriately, and when necessary, arranges for a trained volunteer to attend. They also liaise with other organisations to ensure the best possible outcome for the animal.
The rescue service relies on an extensive state-wide network of rescue and transport volunteers, veterinarians who provide pro-bono services for wildlife, and the licenced carers and shelters who accept animals into their care for rehabilitation and release.
In addition to the rescue service, through our education programs and activities we help wildlife by providing people with the knowledge and skills they need for peaceful and positive co-existence with wildlife, and by facilitating positive community attitudes toward wildlife.
RAISED SO FAR