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City2Surf 2011 – Supporting the Steve Waugh Foundation and kids with Rare Diseases

So, I went and did it. I entered the City2Surf. 14km.

I won’t die doing it, but I’ll have fun trying!

I decided, after browsing around at the charities available (including bible groups and missionaries… ) I settled on the Steve Waugh Foundation:

The Steve Waugh Foundation is committed to a coordinated approach to the service, identification, treatment and cure of rare diseases – primarily focusing on children (0-25 years of age).
We strive to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by rare diseases.

The rare disease patient is the orphan of the health system, often without diagnosis, without treatment, without research and therefore, without reason to hope.

Families and carers of children with rare diseases experience significant psychological stress due to social isolation, unemployment, diagnostic delays, lack of information and difficulty accessing appropriate health care.

The Steve Waugh Foundation is working to help change things for children with a rare disease by giving hope, providing medicine, equipment and treatment, supporting education and research, partnering with other like agencies and organisations as well as supporting specific projects and programs. The Foundation has already supported over 200 families through generous donations from our Patrons, corporate partners and supporters. Over a million dollars has been used for medication, treatment, specialised equipment and financial support.

I first heard of the foundation when someone at work was able to obtain funding for a piece of equipment through them, after approaching funding bodies (government and NGOs) all over and not having success.

So, if you’re able, sponsor me in this year’s City2Surf. (Pro tip: Sponsor before June 30 to claim on this year’s tax return!) I’ll be giving updates on sponsorship over the next two months and of course my efforts to train towards a 14km run!!

There’s also a widget in the sidebar that will keep track of all you lovelies. Yes, I’m setting a goal of $1000. But aim high, I say!

Anyone else going in it? :D

MS Fun Run 10km (at minus one degree)

MS Fun Run Canberra
Cannot see across Lake Burley Griffin!

COLD start to the day with the a 10km fun run to raise money for MS Australia. I got around the 10.42km in 1:12:19 (96th of 110 on chip time haha, I’m awesome!) and raised $110. I think you can still contribute if you like the cause and my bravery! My fundraising page is here :)

MS Fun Run Canberra
Some Rather rugged up runners

So…. should I sign up for the City 2 Surf next? Anyone doing it?

And Week 436

  1. Circles :: squares
  2. Born :: this way
  3. Teddy :: tiny teddies
  4. Comfortable :: numb
  5. Chaste :: *snort*
  6. Burned :: at the stake
  7. Blouse :: iron
  8. Threats :: idle
  9. Cuddly :: teddy
  10. Condemned :: hell

Lava Espesso Weston
Coffee and Hot Chocolate at Lava Espresso, Weston.

(ps 2 days left to enter to win Series 1, 2 & 3 of Packed to the Rafters on DVD)

Train for the Brain fun run

Did the Train for the Brain fun run this morning with some workmates. It was the first time for a couple of them doing 5k, two of them were well practised, and I just wanted to get it done ;)

Fun Run

An overcast Canberra morning, quite cool for November, but the rain held off until after we were done!

I was fairly steady with my jogging, and completed the 5km loop in 32:19. Not my best, but I didn’t feel written off afterwards, great considering the lack of sleep the night before :)

Afterwards, while comparing hairy not-quite-ready-for-summer legs, I think I may have verbalised that Id do the 10km for the Mothers Day Classic next year. I’ve said it now! ;)

10 minutes of HELL

*grins*

Bootcamp this morning was short but fun. A one-on-one session, because noone else was there!

After the warm-up, I did –

15 box jumps (up and down off a foot high step)
20 jumping pullups (from hanging to pulled up)
30 situps
?600m run
30 situps
20 jumping pullups
15 box jumps

New stuff in there for me. And I nearly died. But I pushed through, and got ten minutes flat.

2 weeks off now, due to holidays and long weekends.

Better get a run or two in while I’m in Brissie, hey?

(it looks like we’re getting a team together at work for Train for the Brain fun run in November)

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