Run with Dad for Father’s Day 2022
Run with Dad is a Father’s Day Fun Run that aims to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer. It was established in Darwin by Katie Woolf in 2014 and has continued to gather pace.
For this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 4, there will be two fun runs with various distances for participants.
The Darwin Run with Dad starts at 7am at East Point Reserve, Fanny Bay and runners can enter the 4km run or the 8km.
All money raised will be donated to It’s a Bloke Thing, enabling Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia to continue funding a full-time prostate cancer nurse in the Northern Territory.
On the same day in Toowoomba, Qld, the Run with Dad fun run will also start at 7am at Toowoomba Grammar School, with 2.5km and 5km distances. You don’t have to be an elite athlete; families are encouraged to walk or run with their kids.
Since the first Toowoomba fun run in 2018, $42,500 had been raised and organisers hope this year will generate greater awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health. Proceeds will also go towards It’s A Bloke Thing, with funds invested into programs planned to benefit men living in the Darling Downs affected by prostate cancer.
Katie lost her father to prostate cancer in 2014 and has noticed how readily men want to talk about prostate cancer in her role as a Mix 104.9 radio personality.
“I do think it’s breaking down a bit of that stigma,” she told NT News a few years’ ago.
“I find myself in my radio job that I’m constantly surprised by the number of men who ring the station wanting to talk about prostate cancer.”
Those who can’t make it to Darwin or Toowoomba for these events can still take part in the Run with Dad virtual run.
Donations can be made at runwithdad.com.au – organisers are hoping to raise $20,000.