Support & Sponsorship Request
Proudly brought to you by Hippo Athletic Club
The Victorian Athletic League (VAL) organises professional running events across Victoria, the most famous being the Stawell Gift which has been running since 1878.
Numerous other events are run covering both suburban and rural Victoria in locations such as Frankston, Gippsland, Maryborough, Daylesford, Rye, Ringwood, Wangaratta, Prahran, Ararat, Keilor, Geelong, Bendigo, Yarrawonga, Euroa and Ballarat.
Event distances range from 70m to 3,200m and athletes compete under a handicap system that ensures every runner is given the opportunity to be competitive in any race. The sport caters for all ages and genders with Open Class races, Women’s races, Veterans races and Novice races for the new runners.
The VAL calendar consists of new meets as well as existing meets. This year a record number of meetings (approx 30) are being conducted by the VAL and it’s hoped that the participation levels will continue to grow similar to last year, which of course goes against the trends of participation levels in many sports.
As you may or may not be aware, a new event to be conducted in suburban Victoria and to be held in November was introduced last year under the Hippo Athletic Club banner, being the ‘Movember Gift’. Much planning and preparation went into the inaugural ‘Movember Gift’, however on the actual day of the event the inclement weather resulted in the cancellation of the actual athletics program. It was unfortunate circumstance, completely out of the control of the event organisers.
Nevertheless, being an extremely dedicated and determined group the Hippo Athletic Club are back this year to conduct the ‘Movember Gift’. The major race will be the 550m Classic, with support events including a 100m Open, 100m Women’s, 300m Open, 300m Women’s, 300m Vets, 1600m Novice and 3200m Open.
Highlights of the day will include an appearance from Australian Commonwealth Games 100m Finalist Aaron Rouge-Serret, Movember Celebrity & Community Race, Raffles and Giveaways.
Again all profits from the day being donated to the ‘Movember Foundation’. It would be remiss not to mention that whilst the actual athletic events were no conducted last year due to the inclement weather, the ‘Movember Gift’ and Hippo Athletic Club still raised approx $6,750 for the ‘Movember Foundation’.
How can you help?
Obviously we are writing to you to seek support and sponsorship from your organization. Sponsorship of this event is through a number of different options listed below:
• Platinum Sponsorship @ $3000- company name attached to major race being 550m Classic + company name on sash & trophy + advertisement in program + signage around ground at event (if supplied) + advertising from commentators on the day over Public Address.
• Gold Sponsorship @ $1500- company name attached to next best race being 3200m Open + company name on sash & trophy + advertisement in program + signage around ground (if supplied) + advertising from commentators on the day but not as many as Platinum sponsor.
• Silver Sponsorship @ $1000- company name attached to 300m Open + company name on sash & trophy + advertisement in program + signage around ground (if supplied) + advertising from commentators on the day.
• Bronze Sponsorship @ $500- company name attached to support races being 100m Open, 100m Womens, 300m Womens or 300m Vets + company name on sash & trophy + advertisement in program + signage around ground (if supplied) + advertising from commentators on the day.
Exposure & Benefits to your business or organization?
We anticipate a crowd around 1000-1500 people consisting of athletes, family and friends, so the opportunity to promote your organization at a grass roots level with all benefits towards the ‘Movember Foundation’ cause is a truly great and unique opportunity.
Further promotion of the event is anticipated via Media (Newspaper & Radio), Movember website, VAL website, Hippo Athletic Club website and plus exposure on various Facebook/Twitter internet pages.
The Movember Foundation Cause?
The ‘Movember Foundation’ promotes the awareness and research towards cures for prostate cancer in the community, they are also closely linked with Beyond Blue whose aim is to help and bring about awareness of depression in the community.
Your sponsorship dollars will be going towards the running of this event and all profits raised on the day then donated to ‘Movember Foundation’, you will be given a tax deductable receipt for the amount you donate to this charitable cause.
If you would like further information on how you can support or sponsor the ‘Movember Gift’ please contact either Mark Hipworth, Arron Downes or Christopher Brown via Mobile or Email as listed below.
We look forward to hearing from you in the near future with your interested in supporting &/or sponsoring this charitable event, the ‘Movember Gift’.
Hippo Athletic Club
Mark Hipworth, Hippo Athletic Club President, Mobile 0408 515 401
Arron Downes, Hippo Athletic Club Vice President, Mobile 0414 408 702
Chris Brown, Hippo Athletic Club Secretary, Mobile 0419 223 264