I don't run races.
I run continents.
About the run
My name is Andre Jones and, on the 26th January 2020, I will be setting off from the MCG (near Gate 2) to run 1,600kms solo through Victoria to raise funds for our farmers.
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 charity.
Much of Australia is undergoing yet another drought; in many places this is the worse one yet. While many farmers across the country are in need, I’m concentrating my efforts on the local farmers of Victoria.
The Victorian Branch of the Lions Club will be assisting via their initiative NeedforFeed.org
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 10am 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.
I have no buggy this time, just a light backpack, so my path can incorporate rougher roads and terrain.
Assuming reasonable weather and manageable injuries, I hope to return to the MCG Saturday morning 8th 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