Coleman Greig Challenge in Parramatta Park will raise funds for My Westmead

Big difference to little lives: Meeting staff and vulnerable newborns in Westmead Hospital's neonatal intensive care ward was an eye opening experience for Coleman Greig Challenge sponsors.

Big difference to little lives: Meeting staff and vulnerable newborns in Westmead Hospital's neonatal intensive care ward was an eye opening experience for Coleman Greig Challenge sponsors.

The race to this year’s Coleman Greig Challenge is on.

Now in its fifth year, the community event will be held in Parramatta Park next Friday, October 20.

Participants can choose between a 2.5 kilometre walk, a five or  10 kilometre run or a 10 kilometre bike ride, individually or as a team, followed by a celebratory breakfast at Old Government House.

It aims to raise $175,000 for Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, St Gabriel’s School for Children with Special Needs and My Westmead. More than $61,000 has been raised so far.

Hills residents, Olympic hurdler Michelle Jenneke, and former world champion hurdler Jana Pittman are the official ambassadors. 

Event sponsors recently toured Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where they saw first hand the equipment they’re helping to fundraise for save lives of critically ill newborns. They included Panda warmers, which prevent hypothermia in premature babies.

“Having the support of generous sponsors and supporters of the Coleman Greig Challenge means together we are creating lasting impact for future generations,” Westmead Medical Research Foundation head of development Joe Conneely said.

“Funds will be used to purchase advanced medical equipment that will enhance the treatment and care of newborn babies. Along with the dedicated staff here at Westmead and thanks to generous businesses and individuals, Westmead Medical Research Foundation is able to support the delivery of medical research and patient care, giving our newest members of the community the best possible start to life.”

The Coleman Greig Challenge has raised more than $350,000 for its charity partners in recent years.

“Coleman Greig has supported organisations such as St Gabriel’s for more than 20 years, so it’s great to expand those efforts further and support other excellent western Sydney-based charities,” chief executive Warrick McLean said. “There are countless quiet heroes involved in this event but its success and growth is reflected by the funds that have been raised and the continued support of businesses in the community.”

Details: colemangreigchallenge2017.gofundraise.com.au.

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