CRBF 2019 City to Surf - 'Coop's sprint for sarcoma'
It is under a month to go before the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation City to Surf team will once more spill onto William St, making their way onto New South Head Road, on the 14 km road to ‘Cure Sarcoma’.
This year we will join forces with the University of Sydney Intercollege teams who will be running to support sarcoma research, bringing our presence to around 400 in the race.
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The English Channel Swim
Two weeks ago, three outstanding young men departed Sydney for England to embark upon the 34 km swim they had prepared to undertake for the past six months. Brothers Matt and Chris Watson together with close friend Sam Gilbert, had opted to swim the English Channel, and in doing so to raise funding and awareness for the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, and the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation for sarcoma research.
Only one solo swimmer made it across the English Channel on the 8th of July, and that swimmer was one of the CRBF/Poche Centre trio - Chris Watson. Due to the ferociousness of the current sweeping them up to the North Pole, swimmers had to push themselves to the absolute extreme to make it to France. It is thought that had Chris have taken 2 minutes longer, there may have been no solo crossings at all.
Chris touched France after 13 hours and 25 minutes battling 34km of treacherous water, negotiating freezing temperatures, aggressive currents, and feisty jellyfish on his way.
On the 14th July, Matt and Sam received news they would also swim, when after a week of turbulent tides, currents and weather patterns, they had all but given up on this being the case. They successfully completed the course as a relay, touching the shores of France in the outstanding time of 11 hr 6 minutes.
We extend our infinite thanks to Chris, Matt and Sam for their willingness to undertake this superhuman feat, for the $25,000 they raised for sarcoma research, and for shining a much needed spotlight on sarcoma.
CRBF Mother' Day Breakfast 2019
Once more Zest Waterfront Venues at the Royal motor Yacht Club provided a magnificent backdrop to the 2019 CRBF Mother's Day Breakfast.
With the sun rising, bathing the Pacific Room in a warm golden hue, the harbour glistening, and the room resplendent with antique pink roses, the scene was set for yet another celebration of motherhood, in support of clinical research for sarcoma.
Ironman versus Sarcoma
December 1, 2019 the Busselton Ironman takes place in Western Australia. This gruelling event consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, and a 42.2 km run.
Jack Rackyleft has decided to take this challenge head on, whilst raising awareness and funding for sarcoma research through CRBF, in honour of his mother Dr Debbie Rackyleft, his friend Sydney uni student and CRBF Ambassador Jack Gibson, and his much loved Irish Wolfhound Saffy, all of whom have lived a sarcoma diagnosis.
Please support this extraordinary young man by going to https://donorbox.org/jack-s-ironman-for-sarcoma
Jack's blog may be found on the CRBF website https://www.crbf.org.au/category/ironmanvsarcoma/, so you may keep abreast of his progress, and the demanding training schedule he has set, in order to be ready for December 1.
We wish Jack every success in Busselton, and extend our heartfelt thanks to him for this selfless gesture.
English Channel Swim - Garden Party
On a balmy Saturday afternoon, February 2, Professor John Watson and his wife Julieanne and four sons, Matthew, Chris, Tim and Peter, hosted an afternoon of jazz for 100 invited guests, in the gardens of their magnificent home in Castlecrag, on Sydney's North Shore.
The afternoon was to launch the English Channel Swim, to be undertaken later this year, by Chris and Matt Watson, and their friend Sam Gilbert, all medical/science students at Sydney University.
These remarkable young men have opted to donate funds raised from this swim to the Poche Foundation for Indigenous Health, and the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
We wish each of these young men a safe journey, and an exciting adventure as they swim the English Channel for Poche Foundation and CRBF.
The CRBF T20 Memorial Cricket Match - 2019
Tuesday 22 January, 2019, saw the magnificently manicured grounds of Trumper Park Oval Paddington, enshrined in sunshine and blue skies. This oval once more providing the perfect setting for the second Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation (CRBF) T20 cricket match on January 22, 2019.
Rugby League Legend's Dinner - NRL Museum
Thursday the 20th September, saw Jeremy Sutcliffe, Chairman of CRBF, host an intimate group of invited guests in the commanding confines of the NRL Museum, Moore Park, to an evening of entertainment, to support clinical research into sarcoma.
Robert Hao Chopin Recital
The highly talented Rob Hao kept the audience spellbound on Friday the 10th of August, with his flawless piano recital, for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
This was to be Rob's final performance prior to leaving for London, and his forthcoming studies at the Royal College of Music.
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Inaugural Mother's Day Breakfast
Friday March 11, 2018 saw the Foundation conduct its inaugural Mother's Day Breakfast, at Zest Waterfront venues, RMYC Point Piper. The event was hosted by the amazing Mia Freedman, who in her inimitable style, and together with her equally talented son Luca, held our guests in the palm of her hand.
I could write all day, and never be able to articulate our thanks to Mia and Luca for their time, and for their love and support of this critical and personal cause.
CRBF T20 Birthday Bash
To celebrate Coop's Birthday on January 22, the Foundation held the inaugural Birthday Bash T20. The CRBF 1st X1, went head to head with the CRBF All Stars.
Boxing Day Ashes Test Experience Raffle
Congratulations to our winner - Sonya Canning from Queensland, with winning ticket number 88.
Our sincere thanks to Sonya for her generosity in purchasing a ticket in the Ashes Test Raffle, and in doing so assisting Cooper's goal of Funding a cure for sarcoma.
The Sydney Grammar School Trivia Evening
The event was a resounding success, raising $7000 for critical sarcoma research. Sincere thanks to Mr Jason Slater for organising the event, the Grammar Masters, together with prefect and Cooper's very good friends Adam Pacey and Tom Chadwick together with the Form V1 students for their support and participation.
Bridge To Brooklyn Ride For Sarcoma
We were delighted to have joined forces with Chris O'Brien Lifehouse to bring avid cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to join Robbie McEwen AM, and former Australian team-mate and Olympian Grant Rice who coincidentally, is Cooper's uncle, on this unique 133km cycle challenge.
The Inaugural Gala Dinner CRBF Launch
230 guests were welcomed by the fabulous, highly personable and very funny, Michael "Wippa" Wipfli, whilst the warmth and professionalism of Peter Overton engaged the audience throughout.