Sunday 25 November 2018 At Gembrook Station


Raising Funds for Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre in 2018

The inaugural Kids Fun Run with Thomas was held in October 2002.  The annual event has grown to become the signature fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Emerald & District Inc. raising over $575,000 since its inception.

In keeping with the Fun Run’s theme of ‘Kids Helping Kids’, all of the money raised has been donated to projects supporting and assisting children.  The Fun Run is structured around 5 events, where kids aged 3 to 8 years, run against Thomas the Tank Engine, and a 6th event sees 9 to 12 year olds running against Puffing Billy.

From the beginning, the Kids Fun Run with Thomas was seen to be multi faceted. It was viewed as not only a Fund Raising event, but also a Community Service event. With entertainment in the park, it has grown to be a ‘Family Fun Day’, and offers local groups the opportunity to conduct their own fundraising and promotes the township of Gembrook.

In recognition of the level of success that the event has enjoyed, in 2010 the ‘Kids Fun Run with Thomas’ was awarded the Cardinia Shire ‘Community Projects Award’ and in 2011 was awarded the Rotary District 9810 ‘Community Service Award’.  Rotary International Awarded the Club with a Significant Achievement Award for the event in 2015.

The Rotary Club of Emerald and District would like to acknowledge and thank our major partners.  In particular the event would not exist if it were not for the generous support given by the Puffing Billy Railway, which donates the trains, staff and infrastructure for the day.  Our major sponsors for Kids Fun Run with Thomas 2018 are: Ferntree Gully Motor Group, The Wholesome Food Company, Emerald Mitre 10, Emerald Barry Plant and Lightning Press. The support of these fantastic sponsors ensures that the event continues to meets its goal of ‘Kids Helping Kids’. 

All volunteers that are to assist at the Kids Fun Run With Thomas event MUST have a Working with Children card. Below is the link to make your application. You will need to bring your card with you on the day of the event to present when you sign in. If you have arranged any volunteers to attend, please ensure that they have a card to.