Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
We offer young people the unique combination of supported housing options with scholarships
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
YES Partnerships underpin all of Kids Under Cover’s work
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Paul Pritchard is a landscape designer, and first heard about Kids Under Cover at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show, he knew he wanted to help.
“I didn’t want to ‘just run’” he said. “I have run for other charities in the past, but [the] Kids Under Cover program[s] hit a nerve with me.”
Like most people, Paul has observed the increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness across Australia.
“Due to the relatively long distances I run, I am often witness to and have become aware the increase in all round homelessness. I consider myself and my family very fortunate and want to give back in a small way if I can.”
Paul is an avid long-distance runner, having taken up running five years ago after being a smoker for over 20 years.
“I love to run, and I love to run with other like-minded people,” he says.
Not only is Paul reaping the health benefits of participating in events like Run Melbourne, and the upcoming Melbourne Marathon to support Kids Under Cover, our community is improving too! Supported by EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Kids Under Cover has released a comprehensive Social Return on Investment Report revealing the extent of the economic and social impact of their preventative initiatives over a six-year period from 2010-2016.
The findings from the SROI report are clear; the Kids Under Cover Studio Program is effective in achieving its aim of creating life-changing value for young people living in overcrowded conditions and who are vulnerable to homelessness. For every dollar invested in Kids Under Cover over the past six years, $4.17 of social value is returned.
There are many reasons why people show up at the starting line of a marathon. Health and fitness goals are usually just the surface. Running in memory of lost loved ones is a commonality. Raising awareness and funds of causes cared about brings a sense of pride and camaraderie.
“The satisfaction gained by doing your little bit by raising much-needed money and the awareness that is created is as good as achieving your running goals.”
Paul has a deep-seated community spirit. He’s a real team player in what is usually considered a solo sport – long distance running.
“It is also chasing a goal that keeps me going. I am inspired by all the different stories and reasons why people set these goals for themselves. I love to not only achieve mine but see others do the same.”
Paul offers a strong call to arms for anyone considering signing up to run and fundraise for Kids Under Cover.
“Absolutely Join!” he says, “It is these charities and not for profit organisations that bind our communities. It is easy for us to continue our lives with our head in the clouds, but it can be taken away extremely quickly! Help others as you would want to be helped if the situation was reversed!”
YOU can make a difference!
There’s an event for everyone, including a 3km Walk, 5.7km Run, 10km Run, 21.2 Half Marathon, 42.195 Wheelchair Marathon and a 42.195 Marathon.
To join the Kids Under Cover running team, there are two steps;
This step registers you for a chosen event. This is separate to registering to fundraise. There will be options to choose a charity, but Kids Under Cover are not an official beneficiary for the Melbourne Marathon – our fundraising will be done through gofundraise.
To set up your own fundraising page for Kids Under Cover select ‘START FUNDRAISING’. This will take you through a step by step process to create your page.
All running team members will receive a fundraising pack which will include a CoolDry running t-shirt, cap and great fundraising tips to help you reach your target. We will be there to support you every step of the way (pun intended!).
For more information contact Amy-Lou Cowdroy-Ling firstname.lastname@example.org
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