Run for the Kids 2013

Pounding the pavement to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal was a challenge AE Smith was up for

24 Mar 2013


Pic (L to R): David Blackie, Clay Yarwood, Andrew Shave (front), Chris McCleay (rear), Trevor Lewis, Simon Arnoldi, Marthinus Joubert, Graeme Stewart, Darren Rudling.

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Rallying colleagues in the Melbourne office from Finance, Construction and Service, National Accounts Receivable Officer Kelly Coghlan entered Team AE Smith into the annual “Run for the Kids” event that gives participants the chance to access normally off limits roads and bridges.

With some team members electing the 5km walk/run, while others the 15km run, gliding over the 490m long Bolte Bridge and descending through the 1.6km long Domain Tunnel was a highlight of the event.

“It wasn’t something I’ve done before so I was keen to give it a go. I thought it would be a great way to get together with work colleagues and raise some money for hospital,” said Kelly. “For those of us that only did the 5km this time, we’re already thinking about doing the 15km challenge next year!”

Helping the hospital is close to many AE Smith hearts. The Victoria Construction AE Smith team helped deliver (via joint venture) HVAC and mechanical services design and construction at the award winning facility. Most recently, the hospital won the 2013 Victorian Development of the Year in the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Victorians raised a record-breaking $2 million in the Run for the Kids, bumping total donations to almost $9 million in eight years.

About 35,000 runners converged on Melbourne’s CBD in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.