– The walking challenge was successfully completed between December 2013 and April 2014 –
Laps Completed: 500
Laps to Go: 0
Laps 1 to 100: Garvan Research Foundation (Completed)
The Garvan Research Foundation provides fundraising support to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a world leader in biomedical research. With an emphasis on collaboration, Garvan scientists are ultimately aiming to develop a prevention and cure for major diseases including cancer, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, immune disorders and pituitary disorders. Breakthrough research developed here has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
Laps 101 to 200: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (Completed)
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT exists to enhance the quality of life of people living with blindness or impaired vision, by assisting in their achievement of independence through access and mobility. In Australia, the dogs are mainly Labradors and Golden Retrievers and are selected due to their temperament, friendliness, intelligence, proven track record and loyalty. Having had a pet Labrador myself several years ago, I witnessed their sense of duty when it came to caring for sick family members, including myself. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT receive no government funding and rely solely on community support to provide services free of charge to people with impaired vision.
Laps 201 to 300: Kolling Foundation (Completed)
The Kolling Foundation raises funds for the Kolling Institute of Medical Research at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Established in 1920, the Kolling Institute is the oldest medical research institute in New South Wales. Researchers at the Kolling have been at the forefront of medical discovery in areas such as cancer and genetics, bone and joint diseases, kidney and heart disease, pain and neurological disorders, tissue regeneration and pregnancy and childbirth.
Laps 301 to 400: Royal Flying Doctor Service – South Eastern Section (Completed)
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.
The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation. While supported by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, the RFDS relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community to purchase and medically-equip its aircraft and to finance other major capital initiatives. Today, the RFDS has a fleet of 60 aircraft operating from 21 bases located across the nation and provides medical assistance to over 270,000 people every year – that’s one every two minutes.
Laps 401 to 500: Learning Links (Completed)
An Australian charity providing specialist tuition, therapy, information, and counseling to children with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, or developmental delays.