Quick as Thieves: Electronic community unites behind Fred Hollows marathon

Quick as Thieves: Electronic community unites behind Fred Hollows marathon

Quick as Thieves
Photo by Sabine Fritsch
Words by Lucas Radbourne

Melbourne techno promoters Thick as Thieves are aiming to raise $500,000 for the Fred Hollows foundation with a St Kilda marathon this November.

The Quick as Thieves marathon will feature over 300 members of the Australian electronic community pushing themselves to the limits, undertaking half (21.1k), full (42.2k) or ultra (63.3k) marathons from the Riva in St Kilda.

Thick as Thieves, which have been supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation with some of Melbourne’s premier dance parties for much of their 10 year existence, are hoping to raise a whopping $500,000 for the eyesight charity this year.

What you need to know

  • Thick as Thieves has become Quick as Thieves for the Fred Hollows Foundation
  • 300 electronic music stalwarts will be running up to 63 kilometres this November
  • They’re hoping to raise $500,000 for the critical eyesight restoration charity

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Fred Hollows was a New Zealand–Australian ophthalmologist who restored the eyesight of thousands of people around Australia and the world, with the eponymous foundation continuing his work to this day.

“We’re raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation because they help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers and create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need our help the most,” Thick as Thieves said.

“Their work has a very clear purpose: to make sure everyone, whether they’re rich or poor, has access to high quality, affordable eye health as we enjoy right here in this country.

“Currently 43 million people around the world are blind but 9 out of 10 don’t have to be. A simple procedure costing as little as $25 in most developing countries can restore their sight and change their lives for ever.

“On November 25, over 300 participants from the electronic music community all across Australia will take part in a running event, running either a half (21.1k), a full (42.2k) or an ultra (63.3k) marathon, starting and finishing at the iconic Riva in St Kilda.

“All participants are raising money in the form of sponsorship and they will have spent almost 6 months training for the big day.”

Donate to the Fred Hollows Foundation here, or follow Quick as Thieves on Instagram.