28/01/2021 - 12:00

Run for a Reason 2021 cancelled

28/01/2021 - 12:00

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HBF Run for a Reason has been cancelled for a second year due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Run for a Reason 2021 cancelled
HBF last organised Run for a Reason in 2019. Photo: HBF

HBF Run for a Reason has been cancelled for a second year due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health insurance confirmed in a statement that the community fun run, usually held in May, would not go ahead in 2021.

HBF managing director John Van Der Wielen said cancelling the event for a second time was a difficult decision.

“We don’t like making this decision, yet it is the right one,” Mr Van Der Wielen said.

“It is imperative that HBF does everything it can to contribute to broader efforts to protect the health of all Western Australians, given the ongoing risk posed by COVID-19 and the new risk from its variant strains which can be easily and quickly transmitted.

“We must also be mindful that among our participants are people recovering from significant illnesses who are more susceptible to viral infections. We cannot put them at risk.

HBF has a responsibility to do what it can to support the efforts of the state government, the chief health officer, the Health Department, frontline workers and the community to keep WA as free of the virus as possible.”

He said the decision would affect partners and participants who were looking forward to the occasion and charities who receive the funds raised at the event.

“Run for a Reason is a complex event which requires long lead times to organise and stage,” Mr Van Der Wielen said.

“We believe it is important to make a decision as early as possible and give everyone plenty of notice, so they can make any necessary plans to adjust to a year without Run for a Reason.”

Participants and groups who had started fundraising were encouraged to continue.

Mr Van Der Wielen said HBF was considering how HBF might find other ways to support organisations who rely on Run for a Reason for funding.

In 2019, Run for a Reason raised more than $1 million for health charities.

Last year, when the event was cancelled, HBF distributed $575,348 to WA charities which were going to benefit from the fun run.

Other mass fundraising events have gone ahead in modified forms since the pandemic began, including the MACA Cancer 200, where people rode their own 200 kilometre courses throughout the state.

Youth Focus cycling event Hawaiian Ride for Youth is planned to go ahead in March. 

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