5-year-old Amelia’s been running Park2Park her whole life!
Before Amelia was born, her Mum, Natalie participated in Park2Park for a bit of fun, fitness and the community feel Park2Park always offers for years.
As Natalie says, “it’s about the atmosphere and the feel of it. You run into people you only see each year at the run and it’s just a great feeling.”
When Amelia was born early, the reason for running Park2Park changed
Little Amelia was born early and although she spent most of her recovery at a Gold Coast hospital, Natalie said that the staff at West Moreton Health and Ipswich Hospital had been so helpful and caring during such a trying time that she just had to give back!
Natalie wanted to find a way to support the hospital to help create even better care, close to home.
That year, Park2Park took on a whole new importance for Natalie because Amelia could be a part of it, and together, they could give back to the Hospital.
Amelia’s first charity run
During her very first Park2Park, Amelia was in her pram being pushed by Mum, Natalie as she was still getting stronger post-recovery.
Since then, Amelia has gone from strength to strength and the annual fun run has become a milestone for her life.
Five years on, Amelia will now be doing the iconic Hospital Foundation Charity Fun Run for her fifth year – yes, every year of her life Park2Park has been on her little bucket list.
In Amelia’s medal-winning opinion, Park2Park is second to none
Natalie said, “all of the supporters cheer on the kids as they run. Amelia gets so excited. She loves it.”
Every year, Amelia’s received a Finisher’s Medal post-event.
This year, no different from any other year, Amelia will be taking home her fifth medal to add to the collection.
Every Park2Park Medal they collect means more and more to both Amelia and Natalie.
Amelia and Natalie are ready to run to support Virtual Healthcare
Natalie and Amelia already have their tickets for this year’s fun run and are encouraging others to sign up too!
Everyone that registers, donates, and fundraises for Park2Park helps to support Virtual Healthcare in our community.
Amelia is so excited to get out and run with her Mum and most importantly, she’s looking forward to receiving her finisher’s medal in the post to celebrate another milestone in her life.