ARABELLA Phillips knows her running talent is a gift.
The 12-year-old has represented the state at numerous national championships, including cross-country and orienteering, but now Arabella wants to help others receive a gift they may not otherwise get.
Arabella, of Youngtown, has been named as the ambassador of this year's Run for a Wish.
The event, which raises money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, was officially launched yesterday.
Arabella said it felt good to be the ambassador of the event and to help make others' wishes come true.
Run for a Wish will be held on October 18 and will include a kids' 400-metre fun run and the main 6.4-kilometre fun run from Aurora Stadium.
Make a Wish Launceston's Tamara Webb said more than $30,000 was raised last year and this year they wanted to better that.
``It's a great fund-raiser for us,'' Ms Webb said. ``Last year meant that each local child got about $8000 to $10,000 for a wish.''
Make a Wish raises funds to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Wishes could be anything from a family holiday to Queensland, a trip to the zoo and anything in between.
Run For a Wish registrations are open at runforawish.com.au.
More information can also be found on the website or the Run for a Wish Facebook page.
WHAT: Run for a Wish.
WHEN: Saturday, October 18.
WHERE: Starts at Aurora Stadium.
REGISTER: Online at runforawish.com.au.