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HBF Run for a Reason 2024

Join Perth’s Biggest Fitness Fundraising Challenge!

Are you ready to make a difference while staying active? The HBF Run for a Reason is Perth’s premier annual fitness fundraising challenge, drawing thousands of participants who are eager to contribute to a cause close to their hearts.

Whether you prefer to RUN, WALK, or WHEEL, there’s a place for you in this event. Plus, it’s open to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level—the oldest participant in 2023 was a 99 years old! Choose from three distances: CommBank 4km, Specsavers 12 km, Brooks Half Marathon.

Why Choose Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA?

By participating in the HBF Run for a Reason and fundraising for Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA, you directly support vital services and initiatives for individuals affected by arthritis, osteoporosis, and related conditions in Western Australia.

As a not-for-profit organisation independent of government funding, our work thrives through the community’s generosity. With over 50 years of dedicated service, we are the leading authority on arthritis education, research, and service provision in WA, providing essential support to families affected by these conditions.

Here’s how your involvement can make a tangible impact:

  1. Funding Research: Your contributions enable us to continue funding groundbreaking research conducted right here in WA.
  2. Providing Support Services: We offer various support services, including exercise and education programs, phone advisory services, and support groups, ensuring individuals receive the assistance they need.
  3. Empowering Education: Our programs equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to manage their conditions effectively, fostering self-empowerment and improved quality of life.

Invite your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your run (or walk!), or you can get your own team together and compete to see who can raise the most for Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA.

As a fundraiser, you receive:
  • A REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR REGISTRATION FEE when you fundraise more than $300 as an individual.
    Thanks to a generous donor who is dedicated to supporting our cause!


  • A thank you pack after registration
  • A helpful fundraising guide and expert tips to reach your fundraising goals!
  • An HBF finish-line medal
  • Free public transport on the day
It’s our way of saying “Thank You”
for making a difference in the lives of West Aussies living with arthritis.
How to Get Involved
  1. Register: Sign up for the HBF Run for a Reason using the “Create Your Page” button below.
    During registration, select Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA as your chosen charity.
    You can also register as an individual or team here.
  2. Start Fundraising: After registration, use the “Create Your Page” button below again, and select “Start Fundraising” to create and share your unique fundraising page.
  3. Spread the Word: Rally your friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor your run or walk. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a significant difference in supporting our cause.

Event Details:
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2024
Early Bird Deadline: Until 29 February 2024

Not a Runner? No Problem!

Create Your Own Challenge: If you’re unable to walk 4km, you can still fundraise by setting your own challenge and inviting people to donate to your page. You could walk 10 min every day for a week or two perhaps. Every effort, no matter how small, contributes to our mission.

Donate: If fundraising isn’t for you, consider donating to our HBF Run for a Reason page. Every contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated and helps us continue our essential work.


Here’s what some of our beneficiaries have to say about their experiences with
Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA

"This was my first The Arthritis Getaway (TAG). It was great to hear everyone’s experiences and share my story with people who understand. I had such a great time, and everyone made me feel so welcome. Arthritis can be so unpredictable, and living with arthritis can sometimes feel isolating, so it was really nice to get away and be around other people who are living with similar issues."
Laura M
The Arthritis Getaway (TAG)
"I wish my Doctor had referred me to the 'Arthritis Keys Program' five years ago when I was first diagnosed! It would have made a difference in how I managed my rheumatoid arthritis. Knowledge is self-empowering! Thank you. Great presenters."
KEYS Self-management Program
"I had the time of my life! I met new friends, learned so much about my condition and found a place where I felt welcome, accepted and understood. By the end of my time at Camp Freedom as a camper, I had decided I wanted to become a leader as soon as I turned 21. My reason was to reciprocate the encouragement and support the leaders had imparted to me during my years attending."
Camp Freedom
"I contacted AOWA by phone as I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine and feet. The lady I spoke with was very informative. She put me at ease and answered all my questions thoroughly."
Telephone Advisory
"Thank you for working so hard to give us this amazing opportunity to meet other kids with Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS). My favourite activity at Camp was sky biscuiting! Even though the water was absolutely freezing, it was so fun; flipping off + holding on and even watching other people was hilarious. I can’t wait until next year!"
Camp Freedom
More About Our Reason:

As a not-for-profit organisation independent of government funding, our vital work thrives through the generosity and support of the Western Australian community.

Established as the leading authority on arthritis education, research, and service provision in WA, our legacy spans over 50 years of dedicated service to West Australians and their families affected by arthritis and related conditions.

Our Initiatives:
  1. Research Advancements: In 2014, we proudly established the Chair in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine at UWA, led by Winthrop Professor Johannes Nossent. Our collaborative research endeavours, spanning institutions such as the School of Population & Global Health and esteemed hospitals, have culminated in groundbreaking studies published in scientific journals and presented at prestigious conferences.
  1. Comprehensive Support Services: Through a holistic approach, we empower individuals to navigate their arthritis journey with resilience and knowledge:
    • Land-Based Exercise Programs: Offering a diverse range of classes, from tai-chi to chair yoga, we hosted 493 sessions last year, with over 3,000 attendees benefitting from enhanced mobility and well-being.
    • Hydrotherapy Classes: Our Shenton Park and Albany locations provided 1,489 warm water exercise sessions, fostering over 11,600 attendances for those with musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Self-Management Education: Across five locations, we equip individuals with invaluable strategies and skills to manage their arthritis effectively.
    • Public Seminars and Talks: In 2022, we hosted 27 engaging events, both in metro and rural areas, attracting over 1,000 consumers seeking knowledge and empowerment.
    • Professional Education: We facilitate training for health professionals, ensuring the latest advancements in arthritis management are integrated into clinical practice.
    • National Online Consumer Conference: This event united over 500 attendees nationwide, offering invaluable insights from esteemed speakers and experts.
  1. Empowering Connections: From personalised phone advisory services to nurturing support groups, we provide a lifeline of compassion and understanding:
    • Support Groups: Offering a safe haven for shared experiences and encouragement, our six disease-specific groups held 52 meetings, touching the lives of 372 individuals.
    • Community Outreach: Our dedicated volunteers extend our reach, delivering educational sessions to community groups and fostering awareness about arthritis and osteoporosis.
  1. Youth Empowerment: We hold an annual The Arthritis Getaway (TAG) for young adults aged 18-35, who are living with arthritis to meet and support one another and learn about managing arthritis as they advance through adulthood.
  1. Young People: Besides our adult programs, we provide specialised care for young people aged 11-17, ensuring they receive tailored support and resources to navigate their health journey.
    • Hydrotherapy Classes: Offering therapeutic sessions designed to enhance mobility and alleviate discomfort for young individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Land-based Exercise Programs: Providing engaging and beneficial physical activities catered to the specific needs and abilities of adolescents.
    • Camp Freedom: A transformative experience designed to empower children aged 11-17, Camp Freedom offers a safe and supportive environment where participants can learn about their conditions alongside peers facing similar challenges. This immersive camp fosters personal growth, camaraderie, and invaluable life skills, ensuring young individuals thrive despite their health conditions.

      To facilitate participation in Camp Freedom, we rely on the generosity of our community, with a cost of $2,077 per child.

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