THEY will run with heavy hearts on Sunday, but Team RD from Kings Road Long Day Preschool won't stop running until they cross the Color Run Sydney finish line.
There are 18 staff, families and children on their team so far.
This includes staff member of nine years, Laura Hughes, who said they're doing the untimed five-kilometre colour dash through Centennial Park to raise money for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation after their beloved "Mr Ian" was diagnosed with a rare grade IV brain tumour, called glioblastoma, in December.
"He was lovely — whenever you walked in he was there to greet you," Ms Hughes said of Ian Garven, of Glenorie, who owned the Castle Hill preschool for 18 years.
"He had surgery in January but is still trying to fight the terrible illness with the support of his family," she said. "He recently had to sell the preschool business [to another operator] because he is so sick."
She hoped former preschoolers and families from the centre would donate towards Team RD's tally — or even run with their team.
"We're up to $1900 at the moment but want to raise $3000," she said.
■ Donate to Team RD at http://gofundraise.com.au, or 9634 6555.