Members Statement – Brimbank Running Festival

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — On Sunday, 13 March, I participated in the third annual running of the Brimbank Running Festival at beautiful Brimbank Park. More than 280 participants joined in the running festival, including both runners and walkers of all ages, with the youngest participant being aged four and the oldest being aged 74, not to mention all the youngsters in pushers. The success of the Brimbank Running Festival is a real family affair, driven in large part by Keilor local Brett Saxon, ably supported by his wife, Robyn, and children, Sarah, Tom and Matt, who were all there on the day, operating the timing system, helping with registration and merchandise, and manning aid stations.

There were many winners on the day, but most of all the community was the winner, with all of the participants supporting this great local event to raise much‑needed funds for CanTeen, the Australian organisation committed to helping young people living with cancer. Well done to Brett Saxon, his family and all the people who get behind his great work locally. More than $33 000 has been raised for CanTeen through Brett’s local involvement in terms of promoting running and a healthy lifestyle.