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There may not have been any bursts of colourful powder, but racegoers think this year’s Smiddy Fun Run for skin cancer research at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) could challenge The Colour Run for the title of world’s happiest run.
The 13th annual PA Research Foundation (PARF) charity event, held in memory of PAH physiotherapist Adam Smiddy who died from melanoma, was an outstanding success that saw attendance and fundraising records smashed.
PARF CEO, Damian Topp said 217 hospital staff and supporters sweated it out and raised more than $18,000 for skin cancer research at the hospital.
“Runners of all ages and fitness levels enjoyed the race, including families, children, couples, teams and solo runners—all giving it a go to support the worthy cause,” he said.
“This is a very special event for us, and we are so proud to have such an engaged community rally and show their support for skin cancer research every year.”
Race winners were Julia Anderson (women’s): 18 minutes 53 seconds, and Damon Bruce (men’s): 17 minutes 27 seconds.
PAH Apprentice Electrician Hannah Watts was the top fundraiser, and said her $1,631 raised was due to a can-do attitude, and strategically placing collection tins to inspire her colleagues to support the cause.
As of Friday 2 November, the Smiddy Fun Run has raised $18,373, with the goal of $20,000 for skin cancer research still firmly set in sight. You can help them cross the line by donating online at: https://www.smiddyfunrun.org.au/