Ethereal & spectacular are just two words that spring to mind after watching the sunrise this morning as it peeped through the fog in the Armidale highlands – the venue Kenwood Park owned by the Coffey family.
A picture perfect morning marked a wonderful start to the annual 19 for 19 Challenge, raising critical funding for osteosarcoma research.
The remarkable @liziegan, Will Winter and children Alex, Alice, Annie, & Hugh host this event in memory of their beloved daughter/sister, Anya who lost her life to osteosarcoma in September of 2020.
This challenging 19km event represents one km for every year of Anya’s brief life, and takes on some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable as seen in the attached photos.
Today the Armidale community wrapped their arms around this very special family resulting in an extraordinary turnout. Those making the effort were richly rewarded with breathtaking surrounds and a simply glorious day, in the knowledge that every step was a step closer to curing osteosarcoma.
While final counting is still underway, expectations for this event lie upwards of $220,000 which is utterly incredible! It will also provide much needed hope for the future for osteosarcoma patients .
Thank you to those very generous donors who backed Colin and I finishing – we are happy to report we are in one piece and sadly about to leave this magnificent region.
Funds from this event have been directed to osteosarcoma specific research, the work of Dr Emmy Fleuren at @childrenscancerinstitute who also oversees research for the CRBF sarcoma specific phosphoproteomic trial, funded by the generosity of @Wippa1 whilst on Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
We would like to thank Anya’s amazing family, the Armidale community for their warmth, Rydges Hotel Armidale for their hospitality then allowing us to clean off the mud ready for our flight home, Tour de Rocks for their outstanding organisational capability, and @tasarmidale whose students provided a lot of light entertainment along the way.
Should you wish to donate, go to link in bio.
Photos courtesy Simon Scott.