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Melbourne University Athletics Club raises funds for Sports Without Borders

With about 150 athletes and 30 associates, coaches and officials, Melbourne University Athletics Club (MUAC) is a long-standing club, who boasts well-rounded athletes.

In an effort to contribute to the local community, President Hamish Beaumont is steering the club’s efforts to “give back”.

“We need to be engaging with helping others, as it is important to be out there in the community,” said Beaumont. “And we welcome anyone to come along to join the club.”

In line with the club’s values, a fundraiser BBQ and film night followed the traditional MUAC Christmas Gift last Tuesday night, which saw runners compete in handicapped races of 110m and 1000m.

Transcend, a film about Kenyan Boston Marathon winner, Wesley Korir, brought home the powerful message of sport’s ability to benefit people’s lives, physically, mentally and spiritually. Club members were asked to donate, with proceeds going to Sports Without Borders (SWB) and TRA, the Transcend Running Academy, founded by Korir.

Social Secretary Genevieve Blanch was busily manning the BBQ and helped promote the event on social media.

“We wanted to support a charity that resonates with the people at the club,” said Blanch. “This is the first fundraiser of this kind for the club, and Sports Without Borders is in line with our values.”

Proceeds from the event will go into the scholarship funding pool, which help fund opportunities for people from new and emerging communities to engage in sport and join clubs like MUAC.

“We have a holistic view of sport, and at the club you’ll meet people who are good runners, and who that take sport seriously, but also balance their academics or work life,” says Beaumont.

Fundraisers like this help SWB continue its Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS) programs. SWB MUAC’s thanks the club for their generosity and efforts to contribute to the local community. Additionally, SWB acknowledges the club’s vision and welcomes future collaboration.