COINED the “easiest fundraiser of the year”, with not a pie drive or chocolate box in sight, Gladstone Ports Corporation’s 10th Anniversary Botanic to Bridge Fun Run has delivered a bonanza for local schools.

The port said it will donate $26,191.50 to local schools as part of the proceeds from the fun run, which over its ten-year history has returned a total of $216,455 to local schools.

GPC acting CEO Craig Walker said the organisation was proud to support the community and in particular schools.

“The money raised has supplied new sporting equipment, supported health and fitness programs, class resources, shade covers and books – you name it, B2B has funded it,” Mr Walker said.

“The event was developed to promote health and active lifestyles, so to see the community throw their support behind it means we are achieving what we set out to.

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“Each year thousands of people participate, whether it be to raise funds for their school or the community beneficiary, to get active and socialise or to be competitive.”

More than 3,900 participants laced up for the 10th annual Botanic to Bridge on 18 August, with every cent from registrations donated back to the community.

This year’s community beneficiary, Give Me 5 for Kids, received $20,000 to deliver life-saving equipment to the Gladstone Children’s Ward at the local hospital.

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