Run with Dad founder Katie Woolf wanted to raise awareness about prostate cancer after losing her father Rod to the disease in 2014.
“I realised just how prevalent the disease is within the community,” she said. “I also noticed that men did not openly speak about prostate cancer it in the same open way we speak about other forms of cancer. Run with Dad, breaks down these barriers and encourages men to get tested.”
Entered in the NT Men’s Health Awards to be announced next Tuesday in Darwin, Run with Dad is held on Father’s Day – 1 September – and participants can run or 4km or 8km distances with their dad and/or family and friends. Children are invited to also cover a 1km distance.
All money raised go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Since the first event in 2014, Run with Dad has raised $100,000 with more than 4000 people taking part. Last year’s event saw 1000 put on their running shoes and raise in excess of $25,000, all invested back into the Northern Territory for the ongoing costs for a full-time prostate cancer nurse.
This year’s event will take place at Lake Alexander, East Point, starting at 7am.
A male-friendly event
A key criteria of the Men's Health Awards is that they have a male-friendly service.
Run with Dad is a Father’s Day fun Run aimed at raising awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. It is also a celebration of men. Katie says her aim, and the volunteers who support her cause, is “is to encourage men to take part in the event by running or walking with their children. It isn’t just a fun run, it’s a celebration of the men in our lives and the important role they play within the community. It is also an opportunity to start the conversation about men’s health and the importance of regular health checks.”
Join us to celebrate the NT Men’s Health Awards winners and publish the NT Men’s Health Report Card 2019 on 30 July 2019.
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