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Oscars100 – 18-19 May 2013

Andrew Payne took on the North Face 100, a 100km ultramarathon across harsh terrain in NSW and exceeded his $10,000 target!

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Richard Bird is our Running Knight in Shining Armour

The Running Knight

Richard Bird ran in the Melbourne Marathon Festival wearing 25kg of mediaeval armour – and he’s not stopping there…

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Jo, Fiona and Sarah test their medalsRun Melbourne – July

Run Melbourne takes place in July each year with a 3km kids run and 5km, 10km and half marathon distances – and now is a good time to register and start training!

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Grant SiedleSwimming the English Channel – July 2013 

Don Riddington succeeded in crossing the English Channel at the age of 68!

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Giants of the Bay - 10-11 March 2012

Giants of the Bay – Long weekend in March

Over the Labour Day weekend in March, swimmers take on an open water swim to become “Giants of the Bay”. Running again in 2015.

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City 2 Sea

Melbourne’s second City 2 Sea run – a lovely 14km run around Albert Park Lake and finishing up at the beach.

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Kolbe plays in the national 8-Ball championships – 15 to 26 October 2012

Kolbe Poole is a keen 8-ball player and came up with a novel way to support Amaze.

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Around the Bay in a Day Bike Ride – Sunday 21 October 2012

This year, for the first time we had cyclists supporting Amaze in Melbourne’s 210km cycle ride around Port Phillip Bay.

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The Ultimate Swimming Challenge – the English Channel – July 2012

Grant Siedle took on the English Channel in support of Autism Spectrum Disorder – he didn’t win this round but he says he will be back for more.

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Run MelbourneThe Age Run Melbourne – 2012

We had a fantastic response to Run Melbourne this year with 90 people running on our behalf.

Meet some of the runners


Giants of the Bay – a new event on the swimming calendar – March 2012

Giants of the Bay Swimming Marathon Relay

Giants of the Bay is a brand new event on the swimming calendar, including both a corporate team relay of 42km and an individual race of 5km.

The five corporate teams swam a total of 42km, whilst the individual swimmers swam 5km from Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff.

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BrickVention – LEGO Convention, Jan 2012

The Melbourne Lego User Group (MUG) ran their major  annual “BrickVention” at the Old Exhibition Building on 21-22 January 2012. This event has grown rapidly over the last few years with hundreds of exhibitors displaying models of every type and of great complexity and drawing thousands of visitors as well as international and local Lego experts.

Visit the Brickvention Website for more information


LEGO (R) Road-Train Build – November 2011

The complete Lego Road Train

The Melbourne Lego User Group (MUG), ASD Aid and Scienceworks joined forces to put on a fun event for all lovers of LEGO lovers.

Hundreds of people turned out to help build a trailer in an attempt to build the longest Lego road train in the world.

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Sarah & David displaying their medalsCity 2 Sea – Sunday 13 November 2011

Thank you to those who ran the inaugural Melbourne City 2 Sea fun run on Sunday 13 November. This 14km run winds around Melbourne from the Botanical Gardens via Albert Park Lake and finishes at the St Kilda foreshore and it’s a fairly flat course. The weather was perfect for running – warm and dry but not too sunny or hot.

We look forward to being involved in this one again next year so if you’d like to run on behalf of Amaze, please register for the event at the City to Sea website and nominate “Autism Victoria trading as Amaze” to receive funds you raise.


Michael SilvesterNew York Marathon – Sunday 6 November 2011

Michael Silvester ran as a pace-setter in the Melbourne Marathon festival in October as a warm up to his New York Marathon attempt: he achieved a time of under 4 hours in New York

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Jimmy Dooley Rollers battling headwinds to MelbourneJimmy Dooley Rollers cycle from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3 days – October 2011

A group of keen cyclists called the Jimmy Dooley Rollers organised a fundraising ride from Adelaide to Melbourne over the weekend just before Cup Day. The team of nearly 20 riders battled headwinds and rain but were not deterred.

They completed 1000km in just 3 days and raised over $20,000.

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Library1000 Books Campaign – 2010-2011

The 1000 Book Campaign was launched in July 2010 to enable the organisation to update, renew and extend the resources of the Autism Library.

Support from the Kokoda Trekkers and from Greg Hunt MP enabled us to raise enough funds to purchase 1000 new resources.

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Walking Kokoda for Autism Awareness – 7-17 October 2011The Kokoda Trekkers

16 people with connections to Autism took on the challenge of a lifetime, to raise funds and awareness of ASDs. This 96km overland trek is notoriously tough, with difficult terrain, heat and humidity.

Congratulations to all the trekkers for their wonderful achievement.

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Greg HuntGreg Hunt, MP – walked 500km around his electorate, July-Aug 2011, for Autism Awareness

Greg visited every part of his electorate of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula on a walk which took him 19 days to complete and covered over 500km, meeting and talking with his constituents as he walked. This is the third time that Greg has done such a walk and this time, he used the walk to raise awareness and funds for autism.

Greg became engaged with the problem of autism through a member of his electorate who has a son with the condition. Funds raised went to Autism Victoria and the Abacus Learning Centre.

Greg is a great supporter of literacy and its ability to help people overcome obstacles in their lives and the funds we received were donated to the 1000 Book Campaign.

Murray Dawson-Smith, CEO of Amaze says: “Greg’s walk has been a wonderful boon to the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Electorate of Flinders. It will make a real difference to those who are affected through donations to the 1000 Book Campaign. We are very grateful to Greg for this wonderful initiative.”


Run MelbourneRun Melbourne – a Fantastic Turnout, 13 July 2011

Autism Victoria trading as Amaze has had a huge amount of support over the last two years at Run Melbourne, and this event is now well and truly on our annual calendar of events.

In 2011 we had over 50 people running on our behalf, of all ages. The event whad a tremendous atmosphere of goodwill. If you need to give yourself a goal to work towards, this is a great event to consider.

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Paynesville Footy Players Wax for Autism Awareness, July 2011

The Paynesville Footy Team prepare for the pain!Members of the Paynesville Footy Team went through a lot of pain on 2 July – for a very good cause. They were raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and raising funds by doing a sponsored wax.

It was a full-on wax – chest, face, legs, underarms… and those without body hair didn’t get away either – they had to have their heads shaved!

A big thank you to Kirsti, Kara and Dave for a great idea and for making it happen, and to all the footy players for being brave enough to get involved.


“Alpha-Riders”, the Alphabet Fleet Services Fundraising Team rode from Werribee to Anglesea, May 2011

The AlpharidersA team of cyclists from Alphabet Fleet Services left Werribee on Sunday 1 May in a bid to ride to Anglesea to help raise awareness about autism and raise funds for the 1000 Books Campaign.

Most of the riders were attempting a substantially longer ride than anything they had done before. They were not helped by the weather which got progressively worse as they got closer to the surf coast. Supported by family, colleagues and friends, they arrived, cold, wet and exultant, having completed 80km in 6 hours.

The event raised over $4700 which will allow us to purchase an additional 100 books for the library – a fantastic effort and result!

The team says: “To create hope, you have to give hope. To give hope, you have to have hope. To create awareness, you put yourself out there and challenge yourself to the unknown.”


Walk2 Adelaide – Walk4 Autism, March-April 2011

Walk 2 AdelaideAnika and Ashley undertook a very long walk from Melbourne to Adelaide from 16 March to 1 April, covering about 40km per day and raising funds and awareness for autism. James, Luke and Fran from Autism Victoria provided the support team for the walk with the walkers’ friends and family.

Thank you to all the sponsors who provided accommodation, meals, the support vehicle, signage, lights, food, water and plenty of support. The parent support groups and Rotary and Lions groups along the way were tremendous.

Without all this assistance, the walk would not have been possible.