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Can Mackay Crack $500 Thousand In Donations For Leukaemia Foundation?

Mackay’s biggest annual fun run has big plans to increase in size this year and exceed fundraising expectations, adding more funds to its impressive tally of over $480,000 raised in the previous 14 years.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run, held Sunday 4 June, yearly raises much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation with contributions to date totalling nearly half a million dollars.

“We are extremely proud of our long-term relationship with the Leukaemia Foundation and what we have been able to contribute to such an important organisation,” Event Director Tim Magoffin said.

“Each year our event evolves and this year we are hoping to welcome an expanded running field of just under 3,500 runners from throughout Australia.”

Held annually on the first Sunday in June, the run follows a stunning 21.1-kilometre course all the way from the Marina to Sydney Street for its major event, with smaller runs on the day including three- and five-kilometres.

Mr Magoffin said the future of the BMA Mackay Marina Run is “bright”, with an expanded number of registrations in 2023, meaning more donations for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“That makes us especially proud,” he said.

“Our goal for this year is to reach the $500,000 mark and we are well on track for that.”

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti advised that funds raised through the BMA Mackay Marina Run would help support local families in their fight against blood cancer.

“Blood cancer doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone, at any age,” he said.

“Every 27 minutes, a person is newly diagnosed with blood cancer. It’s our mission to not only provide education and support services for those impacted by blood cancer but to also take steps towards curing and conquering this disease.

“Whether you chose to run 5km, 8km or tackle our half marathon, corporate or junior dash events - every registration makes a difference and will help save lives.”

To register for this year’s BMA Mackay Marina Run or to make a donation, visit

The BMA Mackay Marina Run is hoping to hit a major milestone with $500,000 raised by the end of the events fundraising period this year

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