A runner from Busy Bees Australia is on a mission to visit colleagues in the UK as part of her 2023 TSC London Marathon challenge.
Branka Indic, a compliance officer from Brisbane, is running this weekend to raise money and awareness for Bravehearts, a charity focused on the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
As part of her visit to the capital, she is set to visit the four Busy Bees nurseries close to the iconic marathon route, meeting colleagues and comparing notes on childcare in the UK and down under.
Branka said: “Travelling to compete in the London marathon offers me a terrific opportunity to see the high quality of care provided by Busy Bees in the UK and explore the similarities or differences with nursery education in Australia.”
Branka added: “I am really looking forward to tackling the London marathon, which will be my fourth out of the global ‘Big Six’ races.
“The London marathon is part of my preparation for the Bravehearts 777 Marathon in June, when I will run 7 races in 7 cities in 7 days and aim to raise $10,000 AUS to support the charity’s mission to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation.”
Anyone interested in supporting Branka’s efforts can find out more on her fundraising page.
Busy Bees was founded in Lichfield, Staffordshire, in 1983 and expanded into Australia in 2018. Currently the group cares for almost 100,000 children in more than 950 nurseries across ten countries.
To mark Busy Bees’ 40th anniversary, children and staff around the world will sing Happy Birthday in their own centres on Wednesday 26 April, as a celebration cake is cut by co-founder Marg Randles to launch the group’s newest nursery, in Lichfield.