About Go the Distance
Very few Australian families are untouched by either heart disease or cancer.
According to ABS statistics, in 2009:
- Diseases of the circulatory system (heart) were identified as the underlying cause of 46,106 registered deaths.
This accounted for 32.8% of all registered deaths.
- Cancer was the underlying cause of 41,952 registered deaths.
This accounted for 29.8% of all registered deaths.
Therefore in 2009 these two diseases collectively contributed to 62.6% of all registered Australian deaths.
That’s 88,058 Australians lost in one year to heart disease and cancer!
How go the distance will help
go the distance is a unique partnership between four leading South Australian charities: Heart Foundation, Flinders Medical Centre Foundation, Leukaemia Foundation and Little Heroes Foundation.
We, the charities behind the event, know better than anyone the personal stories behind the statistics - which is why we’ve joined forces to make a difference.
We want to reduce these numbers and we can’t do it alone. We need your help. We need you to go the distance!
With more and more cases of cancer and heart disease linked to obesity and inactivity, research is showing these diseases are becoming increasingly preventable through healthy eating and exercise.
As well as encouraging physical activity within the community, funds raised from go the distance will directly support our work to fund research into better prevention, treatments and cures for heart disease and cancer.
Click here to make a donation to support one of our current fundraisers.
If you’d like to know more about us, we’ve included a little more information about each charity below.
The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.
Their work over the past five decades has helped reduce the number of deaths, but cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) still remains one of Australia’s most devastating health problems.
The Flinders Medical Centre Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Flinders Medical Centre where over 400 medical researchers work along side clinical services. The FMC Foundation has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer incorporating the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre and ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit. This inspired centre will house world leaders in cancer prevention discovery and survivorship care.
The FMC Foundation also supports the purchase of vital medical equipment and will use funds raised through this event for vital cardiac equipment.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. The Leukaemia Foundation’s mission is to care and its vision is to cure.
Mission to Care
The Leukaemia Foundation provides personalised support and care for blood cancer patients and families right throughout their journey - from diagnosis, treatment to recovery. This support reaches every town and community across Australia.
Vision to Cure
The Leukaemia Foundation identifies and funds research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment, psychosocial impact and ultimately cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.
The Leukaemia Foundation also fund research grants, scholarships and fellowships for talented researchers. In 2011, the Leukaemia Foundation committed more than $4 million in research funding.
In South Australia 60 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, an almost unimaginable circumstance to most of us. At Little Heroes Foundation we accept that cancer, like all life threatening illnesses, is a way of life for many families; the stress, emotion and sense of bewilderment leaves them feeling isolated and concerned about the next steps they should take.
We provide them with someone to turn to; identifying and supporting their requirements; advocating for individual needs; funding projects such as hospital medical facilities and equipment; providing information and advice; recommending essentials service providers through our ChildFamilyCare programs, and we build partnerships with other children's charities so that every critically ill child is treated with utmost respect and provided with the very best of care.
go the distance partnership
SEERM Pty Ltd (ABN 98 156 446 025) registered collection agent for go the distance for heart and cancer, a joint venture owned and managed by the Little Heroes Foundation, the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (SA) and the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation