Great Fremantle Race for charity


North Fremantle Primary School staff and students and St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Steve McDermott ahead of the Great Fremantle Race.
North Fremantle Primary School staff and students and St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Steve McDermott ahead of the Great Fremantle Race.

FIND a crazy costume, get a group of friends together and get ready to run as a brand new fundraising event races into this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Expanding on the popular end-of-festival parade, the Great Fremantle Race is a mixture of running race, obstacle course and a charity food drive as participants create, decorate and push around a cart filled with non-perishable foods around the course.

The food will be donated to the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre at the end of the event.

Organiser Ken Allen said after doing the parade as it is for so many years, the City of Fremantle wanted to do something a little bit different this year, drawing inspiration from Chicago’s popular CHIditarod event.

“The trolleys are at a scale where schools can build it themselves quite easily as opposed to a float which can be quite difficult and it’s something they can be quite creative with on their own,” he said.

“Each race team will take turns-they have to go through an obstacle course that we’re going to set up around the Town Hall and there will be all these challenges that they have to do.

“Although it’s a race most of the points will come from creativity and costumes.

“It’s great fun, it’s for a great cause and it’s just going to be a ball, we’re really excited about the whole concept.”

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Steve McDermott said the food donated through the event would mean a lot for the less fortunate in the community and urged locals to sign up for a fun way to give back.

Each community group or school that signs up will be given $500 towards the construction and decoration of their trolley.

The Great Fremantle Race is on November 5 from 4pm.

Call Ken on 0439 452 293 for more information on signing up for the event or visit ww-w.fremantlefestival.com.au.