30th October 2014

Just over a year ago 25-year-old organ recipient, Dajana Tesevic, walked, jogged and danced her way along a five-kilometre course just five months after her liver transplant as part of Neon Run. On Saturday, November 8th the Spearwood resident will again participate in the night-time fun run through Claremont Showgrounds in a bid to raise awareness about organ donation.

Neon Run is set to attract 7,500 participants many of whom participate in support of the event charities, Donor Mate – a WA-based organisation which encourages people to consider organ donation, and Beyond Blue. It’s the second year in a row that the showgrounds will play host to the event, which will be lit up with over 300 pieces of lighting as well as six neon-themed zones, and bars and DJs at the finish line.
Ms Tesevic admitted that she was in a lot of pain during her first Neon Run but was grateful to be able to attend. She said she has been looking forward to participating for the second time ever since.

“I love seeing all the emotions on people’s faces when they reach the finish line and what this event really means for different people. Neon Run itself is very unique, what better way to run at the showgrounds than at night with loud music pumping, strobe lights, dancers and being surrounded by the ones you love,” she said.
“Running or even walking for me is like freedom, I was bedridden for so long. To be able to be out there with friends supporting Donor Mate, a cause close to my heart, is an incredible feeling,” said Ms Tesevic.

Event Director Dave Budge said that the great thing about the event is that anyone can take part while supporting the charities. “We have people cross the finish line who are amazed that they’ve just completed a five kilometre course. They never thought it was possible, let alone to have the stamina to keep dancing at the end of it,” he said.

“Neon Run isn’t a race or a competition, you can dance or walk with your mates and still be able to party at the end of it. It’s about showing people that they can get through 5km and make a difference in a really fun way.”

Entry is $55 but teams of four or more receive a ten percent discount on each ticket. Online entries close midday on November 7 but participants can also register on the day unless sold out. Information and online entries can be found at www.neonrun.com.au/locations/perth alternatively if you’d like to support Dajana visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/dajana

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