Little Doers is a kids fun run – aimed to get kids involved in raising money for charity and getting outside and active. It’s a super fun day in the park for children aged 0 – 10.
When: 9am – midday Sunday 26 October 2014
Where: Malvern Gardens
Cost: Registration per child (includes accompanying adult) $30. Register now.
Last year (2013) Immi and Charlie both entered the Little Doers fun run and had a ball! (Charlie had been unwell with a nasty virus that week, involving a trip to the RCH, so he didn’t end up competing but he did do a support lap and joined in the entertainment).
Children are encouraged to nominate which charity they wish to support – there are four to choose from and these change each year (as you can see in 2013 we chose the Orangutan Project). If you head to the Little Doers website you can download age appropriate explanations of each of the charities – these information sheets are great for getting the kids thinking about their involvement in the weeks leading up to the event… especially given they will be hitting up grandma and every other family member/friend for sponsorship.
What to expect on the day? Well when you arrive you register – the kids are given colour coded wrist bands which indicate their starting time (obviously 500 kids and their guardians can’t all start at the same time). The Malvern Gardens has a walking path around the perimeter which is 0.5km in length. The children nominate if they will run/walk 0.5km, 1km or 2km. Imogen had just turned 8 at the time of the fun run in 2013 and she easily completed four laps (2km) of the gardens (with some spurts of walking). She even did a few more laps to encourage some friends who started in a group after her.
Along the way as you make your lap of the 0.5km circuit there is a fantastic cheer squad – volunteers handing out stickers, blowing bubbles, squirting water pistols and musicians playing music – it really was a fantastic atmosphere.
There are also off course activities – you can write a letter (or draw a picture) to send to your nominated charity. There was local groups and schools performing. Allsportz was providing some games and other activities for the kids who were waiting to start – or had already completed. Every participant was given a goodie bag – and there were also other goodies handed out on the day. Added to that there were food vans on site so if you hadn’t packed a picnic you could purchase lunch on site.
New for 2014 – an official finishing line! Oh, and a guest appearance from Elmo and Cookie Monster.
Check out our little You Tube video from 2013.