3 November 2024

The Dover Fun Run was born out of a long-standing desire to give back to the community, in thanks for the wonderful support for the Skinner family in their time of need. 

Little Annabelle was just 17 months old when she was involved in a freak accident resulting in a horrific head injury. Annabelle and her family spent anxious weeks by her side in Hobart’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. With expert care and attention Annabelle made a full recovery and is now a happy healthy 9 year old.

At the time of her injury, Annabelle’s parents Gemma and John became very aware of the pressures that the Hobart PICU faced, and they began to toy with the idea of holding a community Fun Run to support the Paediatric Unit. After 4 years, they were finally able to make it happen with the support of local community group, Far South Future, and many generous volunteers. 

The first Dover Fun Run was held in 2019, and attracted 250 runners, raising $7072 for the PICU. Despite COVID challenges we’ve managed to make the Fun Run an annual event attended by runners and families from all over Tasmania.
We raised over $10’000 for Hobart’s Paediatric Unit in 2023 and hope to increase this further in 2024!