Are you stuck behind a desk all day staring at a computer screen? Need something to motivate you and your colleagues to get up and stay fit? How about running, jogging or even walking across the McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival finish line to raise money for a worthy cause.

The Ronald McDonald House will be the charity of choice for the 2017 McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival. This year the Festival is encouraging businesses to join the Queensland Country Health Fund 5k Corporate Challenge to raise money for the local charity.

The Festival is proud to once again be supporting this worthy cause that, since first opening it’s doors in Australia in 1981, has provided support and facilities to over 68,000 families with seriously ill children.

The Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, which is situated on the Townsville Hospital Campus in Douglas, is the fourth largest house in Australia and has provided accommodation for over 3000 families of sick children since 2004. The House provides this service for families all over the North and North West, many of whom have to travel many kilometres to Townsville for treatment.

The Festival and will be fundraising for the charity on the day as well as encouraging competitors to fundraise with friends and family pre-event.

President of the Townsville Running Festival Committee Tony Gordon says the charity is important to the North and the Festival is proud to be onboard.

“The Ronald McDonald House is so crucial to so many families in Townsville and North Queensland, so it make sense to have them as our charity, giving back to the Townsville community is such an important part of the Running Festival,” said Mr Gordon.

“We couldn’t be prouder to stand behind such a worth charity and we encourage all our runners to get behind it as well.”

CEO of the Ronald McDonald House North Queensland Amy Cooper praises this year’s partnership.

“We rely on the support of the community to be able to keep doing what we’re doing, so it’s really heartening when something like the McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival comes on board to help raise money and raise awareness of the charity too,” said Ms Cooper.

“We’re really proud to partner with such a great community event in Townsville.”

This year the Festival is encouraging local businesses to rope in their offices and workplaces to enter into the Queensland Country Health Fund 5k Corporate Challenge. Those companies who enter are encouraged to help raise money for the charity through any number of fundraising initiatives.
“Sign up with your workmates, get everyone involved and take the Corporate Challenge,” said Mr Gordon. “No better way to build teamwork than slogging it out training for a marathon!”