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AC joins the Very Special Kids 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge

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25 Jun 14

The AC team runs for charity for the Very Special Kids 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge held in May to raise money to support families caring for a child diagnosed with a life threatening condition.

What is the Very Special Kids 24 hour Treadmill Challenge and who does it support? 

Very Special Kids is a unique organisation that supports families caring for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.  Following the death of a child families are supported through the bereavement support program. VSK also operate a Very Special Kids House - an eight bed children’s hospice, providing planned and emergency respite and end-of-life care.

Very Special Kids was established in 1985 after two families recognised there was a need to support other families experiencing the loss and grief associated with having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. They depend on the community and fundraising activities for more than $3.3 million of their annual income.  All services are offered free-of-charge to families.

The 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge is held between 9am Friday 23 May and 9am Saturday 24 May in a purpose-built marque on the stunning grounds of Very Special Kids. Teams of up to 48 participant’s tag-team on a treadmill to see what distance they can cover over a 24 hour period.

The 2013 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge exceeded the $250,000 target by raising an incredible $474,849.72 from this major event which ensures families do not have to face one of life's toughest challenges alone.

What motivated you to join the challenge? 
Our Business Manager, Rachael Page has previously been involved with Very Special Kids as a volunteer with their Royal Children’s Hospital Visiting Team and she participated in 2013, so for this year she recruited Maree Lacy and Megan McCartney to join the team. We participated in one of the VSK volunteer teams - VSK Stompers.

How many kilometres did you and your team run/walk over the 24 hours and how much money did you raise?
Our VSK Stompers team ran or walked over 500km in the 24 hour period and raised over $15,540. Team members could nominate how many blocks of 30 minutes and what time of day/night they wanted to run/walk on the treadmill, once they had registered and committed to raising money.

What was the vibe like during the challenge?
During the 24 hours, there was an incredible amount of energy, enthusiasm, laughter and motivating music from the resident DJ! The vibe was brilliant - from everyone who was participating, the VSK staff, the celebrities who attended to encourage the runners and walkers, the volunteer staff who kept everyone’s spirits up, the entertainers and the generous sponsors who provided food and refreshments all through the day and night to keep energy levels high!

How would you encourage others to participate in the VSK 24 hour Treadmill Challenge? 
The Challenge is open to anyone to join. Get together your work mates, friends and families and make a team or join the Accountancy Connect team in the 2015 challenge!

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We were recruiting for a specialist within our ERP/POS software support team and although it wasn’t strictly an accounting position a colleague recommended that we contact Accountancy Connect to see what they could offer. We couldn’t be happier with the result, Maree was upfront and honest about the process and found a more than suitable candidate to fulfil the needs of our specialised software program support position. Her on-going support of the candidate post contract acceptance was also assuring. We will certainly continue to use AC in the future.

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