The Yass Valley SPIN Foundation’s “5000km’s in 5 Hours Community Challenge” is only a few days away.

The fundraising event will commence at 4 pm on Saturday the 6th of March at the Walker Park Complex, and participants will be able to walk, run or ride their bikes to help contribute to completing the challenge.

As a sideshow to the event, there will be a kids colour run and obstacle course to encourage community engagement from the area’s youth.

The money raised will go towards purchasing vital oxygen units for Yass Valley Community Health.

Organiser Barry O’Mara said that after the last 12 months, it was extra necessary to attract as much community involvement as possible.

“We wanted to try to think outside the square.”

“It’s a way of getting the community back together after Covid; we haven’t really had a good community event since this time last year,” he said.

Whilst each participant pays $5 to enter, 10 sponsors have come on board, all offering to contribute 10 cents for every kilometre completed.

“If we reach the 5000km goal, there’s ten tradies who have committed to donating $500 each,” said O’Mara.

Stepping up to match a potential $5,000 commitment in total are Tradie Safe-T-Roof, GC Building, Premium Building Solutions, Jascott Construction, Hogno Plumbing, Mannkind Constructions, Yass Valley Solar, Commence Communications, James Alley Building and Carpentry Service, and Gloverbuilt, sponsoring the challenge.

B&G Plumbing & Hardware and Terry Bros Carpet Court Yass will be sponsoring the kids colour run.

One of these “tradies” is builder Anthony Glover of Gloverbuilt Projects, who described his inspiration for getting involved through sponsorship.

“Returning the goodwill.”

“My family have been in this area for six generations now, and our family has always been very passionate about doing things for the community,” he said.

Organisers also wanted to stress that compliance with COVID Marshalls and the safety protocols are essential in guaranteeing the day’s success, and the support of the precautions being taken would be appreciated.

With a 25-degree day forecasted for Yass, a fun event that is welcoming of all and an important cause to work towards, there is no reason to miss out.

Max O’Driscoll