The stories about children with the world against them suddenly finding a way out of disadvantage or neglect and forging a real difference in the world start with one thing.
They start with someone or something breaking the cycle.
It could be parental guidance or a great mentor, it could be a singular discipline, or a new-found love of learning or it could just be one shining opportunity .
Whatever the catalyst for this life shaping change, we all know that the early years are the formative years.
These years and all the people who endeavour to make a difference in them are not just shaping individuals, they are shaping the future.
This year's Run for a Cause is focusing on early childhood development and has partnered with a host of charities doing remarkable things in different places for young ones.
But one thing is common about them all; to give every kid a chance to be their best.
Can you think of a cause that will do more for Ballarat's future?