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A team of WA runners took a big bite out of the ‘Big Apple’ to help fundraise for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation in November.
Three amazing marathon runners took off from Perth direct to New York City to take on the 42km 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on November 6, all in the name of supporting WA children cared for at PMH.
Over the past year, Shane and Kate Paul and Robyn Jordan have been hard at work training for the marathon and raising an incredible $30,000 to purchase two high acuity cots for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at PMH.
With the ‘Big 3-0’ looming in 2016, Robyn wanted to do something special – and a little out of the ordinary – to celebrate her milestone birthday, while helping make a difference to others in the community.
When she heard about the opportunity to take part in the Inspired Adventures team in the 2016 New York Marathon fundraising for the Foundation, she decided to put it all on the line and use her celebrations for a good cause as a double challenge – training hard to be in peak fitness while raising over $10,000 for the Foundation.
“PMH has a huge spot in my heart; at the end of the day everyone has been touched by PMH is some way.
“When you think about it, children can’t go out and help themselves; they need other people to care for them, so that’s why I’m excited to be supporting the fantastic work of the Foundation,” Robyn said.
Shane and Kate’s story
Similarly, Shane and Kate decided to do the marathon together as a way of giving back to staff at PMH.
“We decided to fundraise for PMH because we have been blessed with two beautiful healthy kids and have seen first-hand the amazing work the doctors and especially the nurses do, day-in and day-out,” they said.
For anyone considering giving the marathon (or their own smaller-scale fundraiser) a go, Kate and Paul say “just do it”.
“The advice we’d give is just do it. It’s an amazing cause to able to help the sick kids,” they said.
Their fundraising approach was straightforward, and the duo are grateful for the support of staff at the Foundation with helpful tips about increasing their fundraising success.
“We asked for donations and ran a raffle on site at the Wheatstone Construction site where Shane works,” Kate said.