Walk or run, its all about having fun

Southern Cross University vice chancellor, Professor Paul Clark, Our Kids founder and one of Lismores leading paediatricians, Chris Ingall, and Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista at the Darrel Chapman Fun Run launch at Lismore Base hospital on Monday.

A crowd of Southern Cross University students produced an enthusiastic multimedia launch for this years Darrel Chapman Fun Run at Lismore Base Hospital on Monday.

Flanked by a host of colourful posters and projections, sports and exercise science student Seaton Kay-Smith introduced a list of speakers who spoke passionately about the late Darrel Chapman and the great and life-changing work of the Our Kids charity, the sole beneficiary of this years fun run.

Sandra Evans spoke about how Our Kids had saved her family from the dislocation of treating her six-year-old daughter for leukaemia.

In 2006 I needed to relocate to Brisbane to be with Talia and I had to leave work, Ms Evans said. At the same time, my partner had to remain in Lismore to look after our other child and to keep his job. It was a great strain on the family and on our finances. Then, thanks to the network provided by Lismores paediatric unit, we could be a family again because she can be treated here in Lismore.

Darrels widow Barbara Chapman outlined Darrels many and varied accomplishments, from his time as an Australian Rugby League player, through to his work in Los Angeles and at West Mead Hospital, to his establishment of the Human Movement Science and Sport Management degree at Southern Cross University.

Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista met with students regularly during the lead-up to the launch.

Just one humidicrib costs $20,000, a single ventilator costs $47,000 and heart-rate monitors cost $10,000 each, Ms Battista said. Working together with the students on the fun run has proved to be a great collaboration and the money the students have helped us raise has been vital. Keep up the good work.

The fun run is on Sunday, May 25, at Southern Cross University, with registration from 7am and the starting gun going off at 9am. Cost is $12 per runner or $10 for pre-registrations. Groups of five get a discount; $30 pre-registration or $40 on the day.

Runners can choose between running 3 or 6km. After the run, there will be face painting, an auction of memorabilia, a colouring-in competition, clowns and a university band playing popular music from the 1980s.

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