River's run: Giant strides on Melbourne roads

THE Purtill family is making giant strides as they prepare to compete in a fun run to raise much-needed funds for the Royal Children's Hospital. 

After spending six months in the Melbourne hospital for treatment of a rare form of cancer last year, River Purtill's family wanted to give back. 

Nathan, River, Nate, front, and Rebecca Purtill wearing the River's Road to Recovery Run for Kids team colour, blue. Blue is River's favourite colour. Picture: LILLIAN ALTMAN

Nathan, River, Nate, front, and Rebecca Purtill wearing the River's Road to Recovery Run for Kids team colour, blue. Blue is River's favourite colour. Picture: LILLIAN ALTMAN

The Swan Hill family will be pounding the pavement on the usually busy streets of Melbourne in Run for the Kids on April 7. 

Funds raised from the community event go towards the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Given the Purtill's close connection with the world-leading hospital, they are inviting community members to jump on board and join their team or donate to the cause.

River's mother, Rebecca Purtill, said the team would take part in the 5.2km Woodlea short course.

"We want to get as many people involved as possible, so we're not trying to make it a big run or whatever," Ms Purtill said.

"We'd much prefer to get lots of people involved and just walk the 5.2km.

"We're hoping to get as many people wearing blue."

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