Bec Hannan and Martin Tonna run the Cape to Cape in 24 hours for YouthCare Margaret River

Martin Tonna and Bec Hannan preparing for the 135km run from Cape to Cape they plan to complete in 24 hours. They decided to turn their all-day challenge into a fundraiser to raise funds for YouthCARE Australia. Photo by Lily Yeang.

Martin Tonna and Bec Hannan preparing for the 135km run from Cape to Cape they plan to complete in 24 hours. They decided to turn their all-day challenge into a fundraiser to raise funds for YouthCARE Australia. Photo by Lily Yeang.

MARGARET River residents Bec Hannan and Martin Tonna will run the entire Cape to Cape in 24 hours to raise money for YouthCARE services in Margaret River. 

The duo are hoping to raise at least $5000 for YouthCARE, which provides support and mentor programs to schools including Cowaramup, Margaret River, Karridale and Augusta Primary.  

“We decided to raise funds for youth at risk as there is an alarming amount of youth within our community that either don’t have adequate support at home or their parents are struggling financially to provide them with some of their basic needs,” Ms Hannan said. 

“This initiative hasn’t been done before, YouthCARE has an Australia-wide charity but nothing specific to the local community.

“We wanted to keep it local so the money raised stays here to support our community.”

Ms Hannan said the pair have been running up to 100km per week for five to six weeks in preparation for the May 27 event.  

“On the weekends we go out on the Cape and run 25-30km starting around 5am, to train for navigating in the dark,” she said.

“During the week we run anywhere from 5-20km on most days.

“In January we ran from Cape Naturaliste to the Margaret River Mouth (63km) as a training/trial run – it took us 10 hours to complete.”

To find out more visit www.facebook.com/events/1535912740043313/.

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