Hunter Hero: Rove McManus helps Donna Oliver and Sally Worth take on the Big Red Run.

Ready to run: Donna Oliver and Sally Worth will tackle the 250 kilometre Big Red Run through the Simpson Desert in June.Donna Oliver and Sally WorthEACH year, Donna Oliver tries to do something special to raise money for a charity.


In previous years, she has given her time to support the likes of the Starlight Foundation, the Cancer Council, and to raise money for a school in Cambodia.

But this year’s endeavour is sure to be her biggest, longest, and most challenging to date, and she has found someone equally “crazy” to do it too.

Over six days, Ms Oliver and Sally Worth willrun250 kilometresacross the Simpson Desert to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which funds research into Type 1 diabetes.

“I sawit advertised on Facebook about a year-and-a-half ago, and fell in love with the idea of being able to go to the middle of nowhere and do this run –tosee a part of Australia I probably wouldn’t be able to do unless was it a fly over in a plane,” Ms Oliver said.

“I try to fund raisefor a charity each year, and I thought this would be an opportunity to do something for myself, but also something amazing for other people.

“Then Sally got on board too. It’s a huge challenge.

“It is a bit crazy, but that said, you’ve got to live your life.”

The Maitland friends have been juggling training with full time work for the past nine months, and would like to raise more than $20,000 for the cause.

Comedian and TV and radio personality Rove McManus is donating his time to headline their comedy night at Telarah Bowling Club on April 1.

“I’ve been a friend of Rove’s for a number of years, and I just gave him a call and said ‘I’ve got this crazy idea –is it something you’d consider doing for us?’,” Ms Worth said.

“Isaid, ‘I want you to think about it, because I’m asking you to come to Telarah Bowling Club’.

“He said, ‘If you’re crazy enough to run through the desert, I’m coming up there for you.’

“Rove has been amazing, Hehas cut short his Melbourne Comedy Festival commitments to be here for us, and to support us raising money for the JDRF.”

McManus will perform his That’s Me Talkingshow, supported bycomedians Gary Eck and Katie Burch.

The Big Red Run begins and ends in Birdsville from June 24 to 29.

They will essentially be running about the equivalent of a marathon most days, with a slightlylonger 84 kilometre run on day five.

“It is pretty full on,” Ms Worth said.

Tickets for the Treasure T-Rove Comedy Night are $60 through Eventbrite, or you can donate to theirEveryday Hero account by searching for “Big Red Run.”