I am a member of the Rotary E-Club of Australia Nomads. Our members live all over Australia and we donate to and get involved in organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Foodbank to name a couple.
Earlier this year we started to become aware of and get involved in parkruns in many different places in Australia. Recently 15 of our members spent a long weekend of Service and Friendship in Portland, Victoria and took part in that parkrun on Saturday 10th November.
Don McQueen who lives in Albert Park, Melbourne, pictured on the right with his good friend, fellow Nomad and Horsham parkrunner and Volunteer, Dennis Wade, ran his first parkrun at Portland which is not bad for someone who is 76.
The other significant thing about this is that Don has had both hips and one of his knees replaced. As Don said, “It is great to keep active and did you know that I did a PB at Portland”!
Don played competitive cricket until over the age of 70 and appreciates the chance to be involved in parkruns as he and wife Anne, travel around Australia in their Caravan. Anne also completed her first parkrun at Portland.
It was only fitting to welcome our newest partner into the parkrun Australia family on a perfectly sunny Sydney morning last Saturday. We are thrilled to have Blackmores join us to ensure that we continue to provide free weekly events around the country. Interim Managing Director, Blackmores Australia and New Zealand, Eric Jeanmaire, joined…
When parkrun arrived in Australia in 2011, there was initially only a handful of people instrumental in its weekly success and John Borbidge was one of them. The Ballarat stalwart turned Gold Coast local said the infancy of parkrun gave him just what he was looking for at the right time in his life….