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Launch of 2019 M2M Challenge

Greenacres is very proud to announce the safe arrival of our newest family member. Weighing in at 11 tonnes and measuring 11.5 metres, we couldn’t be prouder of him.

So proud, in fact, that we have made him the star of the Greenacres M2M Challenge 2019 Launch.

Greenacres CEO, Chris Christodoulou, said the organisation wanted to launch this year’s M2M Challenge by showing the community exactly where last year’s fundraising dollars had gone.

“We really wanted to the show the more than 1000 competitors who took part in last year’s Challenge, and the people who sponsored them, the impact they have made on our organisation,” Chris said.

“There are 240 people with a disability employed at Greenacres whose jobs depend on a reliable truck to bring the work from Sydney and deliver the finished product back again.”

“At close to 20 years old and having done nearly 700,000 kilometres, our old truck desperately needed to be replaced but finding an extra $160,000 is never an easy feat for a not-for-profit organisation.

“Because of the 2018 M2M Challenge and the generous support of our community we raised over $70,000 to help buy our new truck.”

While our new truck which is yet to be named has already started his working life, he will be officially welcomed into the Greenacres family with a parade of honour at the launch of the 2019 M2M Challenge on Friday, March 15.

Chris Christodoulou said that as the community helped to buy the truck, Greenacres wanted the community to help name the new truck too.

“Our newest family member needs a name, so at the 2019 M2M Launch we will be asking for suggestions,” Chris said.

“Maybe something a little more unique than ‘Trucky’ which is what we affectionately called our old truck!”

Greenacres is hoping that the community will get behind them once again for the fifth Mountain to Mountain Challenge which will be held on Sunday, July 28.

“The M2M Challenge is a unique event for Wollongong as it is one of the only times in the year when Mt Keira is closed to traffic and you can appreciate our beautiful escarpment,” Chris said.

“While there are quite a few people who run the distance, the majority of participants go a little slower so that they can take the time to soak up the spectacular views along the way.”

“There is also the option of doing the 7km short course which is still challenging but takes out the more arduous hill climbs, making this an event for everyone!”

Starting at the base of Mt Keira at Edmund Rice College and finishing at the heights of Mt Kembla, the M2M Challenge is a 13.6 kilometre run or walk for the long course and seven kilometres for the short course.

Registrations for the Greenacres M2M Challenge are open until July 21 and participants can register online by logging onto www.m2mchallenge.com.au