On Sunday, 28 July, a beautiful winter’s day greeted our Steps for Youth Homelessness team as they arrived in the city to take on Run Melbourne.

Grace Baulch and Wade Dix get ready to Run Melbourne.

The sun shone on our 11 enthusiastic team members – a mixture of Concern Australia staff and friends and supporters of Steps Outreach Service – as they ran and walked 5km and 10km.

Steps Outreach Service Manager Anne Mitchell said she was delighted by the team’s efforts.

“Together our 11 amazing team members have raised more than $22,000 to enable us to support more young people experiencing homelessness. Thank you to everyone – our team and those who have donated. We really appreciate your support. Together we are making a difference.”

The team’s fundraising efforts placed Concern Australia at ninth on the team leader board – an absolutely amazing effort.

Other notable achievements from the day include:

  • Grace Baulch, Steps Youth Worker, ran 10km and raised more than $13,000, coming in at sixth on the individual leader board.
  • Rachael Mak finished the half marathon in 2 hours.
  • Wade Dix, who previously had only run 1km, was determined to complete the 10km run – which he did!

We were very pleased to have team members join us from Rotary Southbank, Currie & Brown, and the St Hilary’s Women on Thursday Group to help us reach and surpass our fundraising target for this year’s run.

The funds raised will enable Steps Outreach Service to continue its work and provide hope for the future for young people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne.

Find out more about the Steps Outreach Service team’s work with young people in Melbourne. You can still donate on the Steps for Youth Homelessness team page, or donate directly to support the work of Steps on our website.