Australia: Coleman Greig Challenge raises $150,000 for children with special needs and newborn care
Last Updated: 8 November 2016

On Friday 21 October, Western Sydney businesses joined forces at the Coleman Greig Challenge by running, riding and walking in Parramatta Park to support children with special needs and newborn care.

Joined by champion athletes Katie Kelly, Michelle Jenneke and Jana Pittman, more than 300 enthusiastic participants indulged in some friendly competition, followed by a delicious post-event fundraising breakfast at Lachlan's, Old Government House.

The annual fundraising event brought the community together and raised $150,000 for children with special needs and newborn care.

All funds raised support the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), St Gabriel's School and My Westmead.

Principal Andrew Grima said: "This is our biggest and best challenge and it's all down to the enthusiasm of our sponsors, participants and volunteers in making the event such a success!

"An event like this is so rewarding; to have the opportunity to be able to give back to the community is a massive privilege and we're looking forward to seeing the impact from the funds raised has on children and families in Western Sydney."

Corporate heavyweights supporting the event included Platinum Sponsors: Lexus of Parramatta / Terry Shields Toyota, St.George Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Recruitment Edge.

In Australia, 1 in 7 babies start their life in a newborn intensive care unit. Every year, thanks to research, their chance of survival increases. Thanks to everyone who participated, My Westmead can now purchase two Panda Resuscitaires - equipment that provides all-in-one support for newborns in need of extra TLC.

RIDBC will use the funds raised to produce tactile large print and braille books to assist the 1 in 2500 children across Australia who experience vision loss. These educational resources provide the children with the same access to learning opportunities as their peers.

Equal access to education is also key for St Gabriel's School. Learning to communicate and make friends is just as important as book learning for a child's development and now, the school can revamp their outdoor area to improve the socialisation and communication skills of students.

St.George Bank took out the overall Challenge Shield, raising an enormous $11,047 for the charities. Stephen Champion from Champion's Business Growth Advisers was the Highest Individual Fundraiser, contributing $9,811 in donations to the overall tally.

Donations to the Coleman Greig Challenge: Corporate for Community can be made until Wednesday 30 November, 2016, at: http://colemangreigchallenge2016.gofundraise.com.au/

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