Ash Raises Cash for Kids by Running 1000km in Ten Days

20-Feb-2017 7:21 AM

Ashley Ralph, General Manager - Partner Programs for Clipsal by Schneider Electric has set himself a massive challenge to run 1000km over 10 days from Melbourne to Adelaide, and at the same time aims to raise a staggering $400K to be shared between Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Julian Burton Burns Trust.

Setting off on Wednesday, 22 February, Ashley will be aiming to complete an average of 100km per day over the ten-day period, equivalent to running 2.5 marathons every day!

He has rallied support from several high profile businesses and people along the way, including Toyota Australia and Virgin Australia and 2016 Brownlow medalist, Patrick Dangerfield who will him in Geelong.

Ashley’s first major pit stop will be at Toyota Australia’s Corporate Head Quarters in Port Melbourne at 8:00am on Wednesday 22 February. Toyota Australia’s President, Dave Buttner will greet Ashley, his support crew and eight-year-old Jasper who lives with autism and cerebral palsy. 

Ashley will then set off through regional Victoria and South Australia, engaging local communities along the way before finishing in spectacular fashion down the finishing straight of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide on Friday, 3 March.

WHO: Dave Buttner, President of Toyota Australia, Ashley Ralph, General Manager of Clipsal by Schneider Electric Partner Programs, Mark McGill – CEO Variety , Julian Burton OAM, CEO of Julian Burton Burns Trust and Jasper Woodridge, Variety grant recipient.

VISION: Ashley Ralph running, support vehicles, meet and greet with Toyota President and Variety grant recipient.

WHEN: 8am, Wednesday 22 February, 2017

WHERE: Toyota Australia, 155 Bertie St, Port Melbourne

WHAT: Meet Ashley as he begins day one of his ten-day journey to help kids just like Jasper, 8 years old from Dandenong.

WHY: Raising money for Variety – the Children’s Charity and Julian Burton Burns Trust
Available for interview:
  • Ashley Ralph, General Manager – Program Partners, Clipsal by Schneider Electric
  • Julian Burton OAM, Executive Chair, Julian Burton Burns Trust
  • Janette Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Variety the Children’s Charity, VIC

For further information, please contact Ammi Trainor. M. 0488 055 028. E.
To donate to the Club Clipsal 1000, visit

Route Summary:
Wed 22 Feb – Melbourne to Geelong
Thurs 23 Feb – Geelong to Pombomart (via Winchelsea and Colac)
Fri 24 Feb – Pombomart to Port Fairy (via Warrnanbool)
Sat 25 Feb – Pt Fairy to Narrawong
Sun 26 Feb – Portland to Tantanoola Football Club (via Nelson Rd & Mt Gambier)
Mon 27 Feb - Tantanoola Footaball Club to Nofolk Rise vineyard
Tues 28 Feb - Norfolk Rise Vineyard to Salt Creek
Wed 1 Mar – Salt Creek to Wellington (via Meningie)
Thurs 2 Mar – Wellington to Stonyfell (via Strathalbyn)
Fri 3 Mar – Adelaide finishing on Clipsal 500 Adelaide finishing straight

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