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The Blood Run Film – Melbourne Premiere

Leukaemia Foundation 2 mins read
The Blood Run Film - Melbourne premiere

In June 2022, the remarkable ultra-marathon runner, Callan Gates, arrived at Sydney Harbour after running a massive 250kms from Newcastle along the Great North Walk (GNW), in one single go (without sleep), to raise funds for a charity close to his heart – the Leukaemia Foundation. 

Despite those around him doubting that he could complete the mammoth feat, Callan defied expectations and pushed his body to its limits, to support the 140,000 people living with blood cancer in Australia.  

Callan embarked on the journey in memory of his wife’s (Tara) mum, who sadly died from blood cancer when Tara was just 3 years old.  

His initial aim was to raise $25,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, and the growing number of Australians diagnosed with blood cancer, however, he exceeded that target, raising over $53,000 during the run.  

Callan’s brother Mitchell Gates, a videographer, captured the entire journey and has created an extraordinary documentary titled The Blood Run, to share their story with Australia.

The Melbourne premiere is happening next Thursday, on the 18th of April, at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn. All funds from the premiere will go towards raising additional funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, with Callan aiming to top $100K. 

“Blood cancer, in particular leukaemia, has significantly affected my family, and I have witnessed the aftermath of it. 

“To be able to do something that could create awareness and funds to be able to help find a cure for this crappy disease is something I’m proud to be part of, said Callan.

The Leukaemia Foundation is committed to improving the life of every Australian impacted by blood cancer by providing financial, emotional, and practical support, and by funding life-changing blood cancer research.  

Leukaemia Foundation CEO, Christ Tanti said, “Community supporters like Cal and his team are vital so that the Leukaemia Foundation can continue our life-changing work and reach our goal of zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035. 

“He was not likely to win a gold medal in the Olympics but my god, he won a gold medal for us.” 

The Leukaemia Foundation deeply encourages the Melbourne community to attend the Melbourne premiere of The Blood Run, to support the 53 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer each day.

To purchase tickets, go to and help us stop blood cancer in its tracks.  

Key Facts:

The Blood Run Film – Melbourne Premiere 

Raising crucial funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and Australians living with blood cancer.

When: Thursday 18th April at 6:30pm 

Where: Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Purchase tickets HERE.


About us:

About the Leukaemia Foundation: The Leukaemia Foundation stands with Australia to help cure and conquer blood cancer – with care. Together we are attacking every blood cancer, from every direction, in every way we can. We stand beside every Australian to be their voice and their someone to turn to, fighting to get them access to the best care. We also accelerate research that is delivering rapid advancements in blood cancer diagnosis and treatments. Plus, we provide services and support that empower people living with any blood cancer to live well after diagnosis. You can learn more about the Leukaemia Foundation and blood cancer at

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