A GROUP of work colleagues at Armidale’s SportUNE has set itself a double challenge.
On Sunday March 2, they hope to complete the Olympic distance, Coffs Harbour Triathlon and, in the process, raise money and awareness of Cure for Life Foundation, an organisation which raises funds to research the causes of brain cancer and fast track new treatments.
Cure for Life was founded by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo in 2001 and the foundation hopes to find a cure for brain cancer within the next 10 years.
Mally McCormack, Gym and Group Fitness Coordinator at SportUNE, became aware of the organisation when her nephew, Jock Perkins, a former The Armidale School (TAS) student lost his four-year battle with brain cancer at the tender age of 21.
“Jock faced his disease with courage, humour and a determination to beat it,” McCormack said.
“He didn’t lose hope, still looking for a possible cure, which tragically didn’t happen for him.
“However, the search continues and we hope to raise funds and awareness to support this very worthy cause.”
The group of six, consisting of two teams of three, will swim, cycle and run over 50km to complete the course.
They’ve all been training hard for the event with a few of the girls competing in the Work Place Challenge Triathlon last weekend at TAS as a warm-up to this event.
Cyclist Ariane Mazzei said although it was a much shorter course it was great to have a trial run and see how they were travelling.
“It is great fun competing in a team as well as knowing we are helping a worthwhile cause,” she added.
Mazzei would like to thank Dave Harris and his family at Bicycle Central on Marsh for kindly providing her with a road bike to participate in the event.
Harris recently received an Australia Day Award for his ‘Contribution to Sport’, and he is again contributing to local sport by supporting the SportUNE team in this way.
If you are interested in knowing more about ‘Cure for Life’ look up www.cureforlife.org.au and if you would like to show your support for this cause, go to the teams heropage at the following link https://give.everydayhero.com/au/sportune
Any donations are gratefully received.