Launceston fun run helps Make-A-Wish foundation

MAKE A WISH: Ange and Ryan Weeden with nine-year-old William Weeden getting ready for the Launceston Run For A Wish event. Picture: Scott Gelston.

MAKE A WISH: Ange and Ryan Weeden with nine-year-old William Weeden getting ready for the Launceston Run For A Wish event. Picture: Scott Gelston.

William Weeden will don his fairy wings this weekend for the annual Run For A Wish fundraising event in Launceston.

The nine-year-old, along with his mum Ange and dad Ryan, will join hundreds of locals at the fun run to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Australia, an organisation which grants wishes for children battling life-threatening illnesses. 

“I want to let those kids who are sick do what they want to do and be able have a great life and live out their dreams,” William said.

Run For A Wish race director Tony Crothers said granting a wish could cost between $8000 and $10,000.

“We are lucky to be able to grant many wishes in our local community,” he said

“Our [Make-A-Wish] Launceston branch is currently working to grant four wishes including a "wish to fly with fairies" and a "wish for a puppy". 

“The wish journey brings strength, hope and joy to not only the wish child but also the family.”

The Run For A Wish event will include a 400 metre children’s race at 9.30am and the 6.4 kilometre main event at 10am.

An additional 3.2 kilometre wheelchair, pram and walking route has also been added to the main event this year.

“Our event is accessible and inclusive and encourages people of all abilities to join forces and raise funds,” Mr Crothers said.

The race will be held at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.

Registrations and event information are available on the website or on Facebook.

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