City2Surf: the $80,000 dream

A very B-I-G congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported the cancer research City2Surf dream team!

The ACRF dream team – led by staffers Claire, Mahsa and Natasha – is jubilant following a massive effort at last Sunday’s City2Surf which will see an extra $80,000 go directly to cancer research.

The early morning start and chilly weather couldn’t keep them and close to 800 other Australian Cancer Research Foundation entrants from lining up for this annual race from the Sydney business district to Bondi beach.

One of the most inspiring participants in the 80,000 strong field was Fred Pham.

Mr Pham, schoolteacher and father of five young children, has only a short time to live. This did not stop him walking the 14 kilometre course with two of his sons and becoming the event’s most successful individual fundraiser.

“I first had the idea to participate in the City2Surf last year, shortly after being told I have only three months to live, but I had just missed the entry cut-off date,” Mr Pham said.

He’s now raised more than $30,000 for the ACRF. As the winner of a top fundraiser spot Mr Pham has attracted a further $10,000 donation from race organisers, the Sun-Herald.

Other Dream Team inspiration came from Susan Francis, Rick Morar and David Jarvis who also ran on the day and raised more than $2000 each for cancer research.

Susan Francis lost her father to cancer just three months ago and wanted to take part in the City2Surf for ACRF to ensure other dads could be saved from this disease.

“My father was a fighter and I am so proud of his fighting spirit right to the end. The run is something I have never done before and I hope my dad will be proud of me,” she said.

Race veteran David Jarvis gave his all on race day, finishing in a very impressive time of less than 68 minutes. Mr Jarvis is encouraging his supporters to continue to donate to the ACRF, even after the event.

Jazz bands and DJs along the 14 kilometre course kept a record 80,000 entrants – some in fancy dress – entertained and helped everyone stay in top spirits, even on the infamous Heartbreak Hill, a tough and seemingly endless, winding stretch of road at the halfway point.

The Dream Team survived Heartbreak Hill but ACRF staffers stopped at the top to catch their breath and take in the glistening harbour views. There they spotted a City2Surf Legend who reportedly was barely breaking a sweat. There are 39 Legends, runners who’ve participated in every race since it started 40 years ago.

PepsiCo, ACRF supporters, invited the team to relax at their beachside Gatorade marquee after the event.

The hundreds of people who’d sponsored the Dream Team accessed live updates throughout the race via Twitter and were kept informed of fundraising efforts on the ACRF’s Facebook page.

Donations came in before, during and now after the event, they happily continue.

The (almost) $80,000 raised by the 2010 City2Surf is an all-time ACRF record!

So congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported the Cancer Research City2Surf Dream Team.

Check out the video of the team during the race:

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Special thanks goes to top fundraisers: Fred Pham; Team M&C Saatchi, led by Hannah Toohey; Susan Francis; Rick Morar; David Jarvis; Oliver Grimwood; Stewart Baden; The Bushettes Rina Moore, Leigh Nicholl, and Simone Westbury; Kevin Hussey; The Energisers, led by Wei Wu;  John Walkowiak; Jade Bond; Shannon Barnes; Peggy Oberthier; Melanie Townsend.

Big thanks also goes to all our fabulous 2010 City2Surf Dream Team fundraisers:

Adam AntonioDavid BellKaren BlatchfordPeter Lagoutaris
Adam BrownseaDavid FlemingKaren ChungPeter Rowe
Adam CorneyDavid GaggKaren HePeter Stanicic
Adele McNickleDavid GethingKaren HewittPeter Stelmach
Adrian TorresDavid LenaghanKarina KoPheara Yin
Aimee GreenDavid ParsonsKarl GellertPhil Walton
Aisha HillaryDavid ReadKarlene AdlingtonPhilip Cheng
Aislinn McIntyreDavid ThanischKarlie ConnellanPia Salwin
Al HingDean CameronKate & PaigePiers Beagley
Alain AustriaDean PlantKate HornePolly Tapper
Alan DangerfieldDebbie WilliamsKate LennardPubudu Nanayakkara
Alan PrendergastDeborah MarbusKatherine EliasQiang Chen
Alex ChoyDeirdre CottKathryn FarringtonQuentin Osborn
Alex ForsytheDene MarfleetKathryn StephenRachael Niao
Alex McAndrewDenise MurphyKati LehtonenRachel Mosen
Alex PuiDenyse SkipperKatie CarewRachel Scourfield
Alexander BoufeasDerek ShuttleworthKatie SmeeRaelyn Benitez
Alexander McRaeDeshan KumarKatren RogersRaffaella Calo
Alexandre QueirozDhiwakaran SathananthanKatrina McHattanRakesh Morar
Alexey MonastyrnyDinesh ThamotharamKatty LuongRebecca Chan
Alfie GilDon NguyenKavitha NadarajahRebecca Ferraro
Alfredo LedesmaDougal NairnKaye ScottRebecca Mowbray
Alison KirkbyDowon ChoKelly PrescottRebecca Ricketts
Alison PunyalackDragan PetkovicKelly Robinson-HicksRebecca Simmonds
Alistair DonaldDylan CluffKelwyn O’BrienRebekah Jubb
Alistair McKillopEamonn FennellKen FlarretyRichard Dean
Allison SpicerEdel FennellKen WilsonRichard Frawley
Alon BernsteinEdel FrawleyKevin DuRichard Manly
Amanda DixonEdward GallagherKiara DrinanRichard Roszkowski
Amanda HookerElaine HayneKim LongueRina Lee
Amanda MoroneyElena KamiyaKim RomanikRob Satchell
Amanda SmithElenie PanosKimberley AchurchRobert Cowburn
Amanda VinerElizabeth HammellKire JosevskiRochelle Martin
Amber MacKinnonElizabeth RileyKirsty SmithRodel Dahiroc
Amy AnnanElizabeth UttersonKlaas JellemaRosa Gonzalez
Amy BarnesEllen HouseKok Foon Kelvin ChanRosa Law
Amy DawsonEllie HallKrairiksh NitibhumivechsakulRosalind Weller
Amy MckenzieElly PantaKristy AclandRosary Coloma
Ana ZivanovicElodie BarberaKylie JonesRowan Cooke
Andrea CarrettaElyse GreenLance BurnettRowena Silvestro
Andrea LobodasovaEmilie BouchardLara SmithRoy Chan
Andrea RossiEmily ManosLarissa DonaldsonRudolf Opperman
Andreas SkopalEmily MurfinLars-Erik MolnesRussell Boyd
Andrew CohenEmily NoakeLaura KennedyRuth McCuaig
Andrew DoreyEmma RitchieLauralee DeBrincatRyan Kevelighan
Andrew HarveyEmmanuel de BearnLauren DredgeRyan McMahon
Andrew HendersonEric CirulisLauren JacobsSally Gainsbury
Andrew HuangErik FojtikLauren MillerSally Summerfield
Andrew InnesErin RowlandsLauren SimSallyanne Nguyen-Pham
Andrew LeslieEterio HerreraLeigh SymmonsSam Lombardi
Andrew RiggsEugene McGarrellLenita MandilisSamantha Edwards
Andrew TaylorEvan WongLeo RuschenaSamantha Jones
Andrew TurnbullEyal MeklerLeona BoonSamantha Mcleod
Andrew WakelingFelicity AllenLeonard KohSamuel Green
Andria TropianoFergal HoeyLewis MillsSandi Kopp
Angela MartinFinau VucagoLia CrichtonSara Curran
Angela NewmanFiona EsplinLiddy-Anne FletcherSarah Binks
Angie BaranFiona GreenLinda BermeisterSarah Boyall
Angus DavidsonFiona McDonaldLindsay ChappelSarah Forman
Angus KeeneFleur MacfarlaneLindsey CollisonSarah McCandless
Angus LeechFlorence HecquetLinley ManningSarah McGill
Anja EdmeadesFrances CordellLisa Jane MastersSarah Nolan
Anna JonesFrancesca de LeonLisa ScottSarah Sengers
Anna SwiftFrancis Nguyen Khoi PhamLisa TruongSarah Waladan
Anna WilsonFrederick DonlatoLoretta RyanSarah Webb
Anne RobertsonGabby PhillipsLouise RyanScott Dwyer
Ann-Maree CrouchGabrielle FrisbyLucia MacKeiganScott Harris
Anoop JoshiGabrielle ShawLucinda Mander-JonesScott Kingston
Ansuya SingaramGarry ConstantiLucy DunwellScott Ward
Ant HarcaGarry GlassonLuke AdamsSean Davies
Anthony ArrowGarry IrwinLuke AshtonSean Jordan
Anthony CaleGavin MooneyLuke MacGregorSebastien Vallerie
Anthony DaviesGavin SharpeLuke ParsonsShane Leary
Anthony HomonnayGemma PascoLuke PoveeShane Miller
Anthony MartinGeoff TonnaLuke WhenmanShane Thompson
Anthony McphersonGeoffrey KirkLydia JarvisShani Abergil
Anthony PattisonGeorge GonzalezMadelon WilliamsShannon Barnes
Anthony SmythGeorge MarinosMaegan OostendorpShannon Brown
Ayesha KannangaraGeorge ZhangMahsa LotfizadehSharon Ireland
Baljit Singh TalwarGeorges-Etienne BureauMaja DimitrovaShaun Fraser
Barb BeardGeorgia DixonManjula KrishnanShaun Shum
Barbara ArcherGeorgia RaynerMargaret DobruckiShaw David
Barnaby PackmanGerard DienerMark BaylissSheila Zhou
Beatrice BlumeGill RyderMark DelhaasSheridan White
Belinda ArthurGlen CroslandMark DilliSherman Sun
Belinda JardimGlenn FrostMark FerrisSherrie Chaisumdet
Ben HewlettGloria ConnorMark FreemanSheryl Cole
Ben NashGrace JohnstonMark HennessyShobie Jay
Ben RobbinsGraeme PhillipsMark MaySimon Felice
Ben TaylorGrant AzzopardiMark SacksSimon Leith
Ben WelshGreg BeaumontMark SchwarzelSimon Major
Ben YabsleyGreg OmearaMark ToyerSimon Mann
Benjamin JonesGregory MartinMark VadgamaSimon McMasters
Benjamin ReynoldsGrit HeidlerMark WaltonSimon Wade
Bent PattersonGwynn Le MaitreMartin Buchan FordSimon Zaiko
Betty AnsteyHally StarrMary GreenhalghSimone Brandse
Beverley KesseyHamish BlackMary ZlomislicSimone Williams
Bhavana GoyalHamish MagoffinMary-anne Nguyen-PhamSnigdha Gaur
Bianca NelsonHamish PerksMatt BrodieSolomon Aluague
Bianca Van PamelenHanchi NguyenMatt PorterSonya van Beek
Bill AmanatidisHannah LowesMatt RushtonSophie Bray
Bobby LoHarry PhillipsMatt SaddingtonSophie Chruch
Brendan CrothersHarvey StockbridgeMatt StevensSpencer Hird
Brendan McandrewHayley MathewsMatt StockSpiro Rokos
Brendan QuinnHazem IsmailMatthew BellSteffi Audrelia
Brendon BurrowsHeath BarnesMatthew DavisStephanie Jones
Brett BimsonHeath GledhillMatthew EdgeStephanie Sandmann
Brett LockeridgeHeather ReedMatthew TurnerStephen Baker
Brett McdowallHeidi Van Der LaanMattias AslundStephen Connolly
Bretton CoghlanHelen YuanMayura WagleStephen Mcnamara
Brian CourtneyHelen ZimmermanMegan SturrockStephen Norton
Brian DowneyHelene ArmaoMegan WoodingSteve Farkas
Brian HeydonHermann LangMeghan CarberrySteve Marin
Bridget TeekampHilary GiasonMelanie LansdownSteve Strains
Bronwyn PriestHilary SzaboMelinda CairnsSteven Boggiano
Bruce KennawayHolly HouMelissa CorkerySteven Bregovic
Bruno MartinoHugo DevlinMelissa FordSteven Spinks
Bryana NealeIan CrogerMichael BadhamStewart Camara
Burin ChitmitrecharonIan GabrielMichael BastonStewart Levitt
Caleb WongIan McDonaldMichael ComportStewart Smith
Cameron LeMaitreIan PrescottMichael CoonStuart Dixon
Cameron MartlewInes MachucaMichael CooperStuart Woodmore
Cameron PeggIrene ProrellisMichael CrichtonSunita Shah
Carly HansenIsabella VianellosMichael FileSusan Bourke
Carol AlexanderIta GunnMichael HardieSusan Pelling
Carol LarkinIzabely LimaMichael HarrisSusie Heath
Carol RileyJackie CookMichael KnappSylvia Clonan
Carolanne SinclairJackie GrimesMichael LewisTaka Yamamoto
Caroline BrunetJacqueline VokeMichael RaymentTamara Searant-Phelps
Caroline DysonJacquie FordMichelle BroomTammie Moore
Caroline NdongJade CourtneyMichelle GalluzzoTania Harb
Carwyn MorganJade Holly TavenerMick O’DriscollTanya Hart
Casey YuJaimes AdlingtonMike JenkinsTanya Konsul
Cassie-Ann CluffJames CombeMike KlevianskyTanyin Middleton
Cathy LoughridgeJames HaddonMilliee McFarlaneTara Reid
Cecilia BennettJames HardingMinh Son Ngoc NguyenTatum Neich
Celia WithersJames KilpatrickMinoru TakashibaTess Whittakers
Chantelle HeracleousJames LucasMuhammad Hafizuddin Haji TalipThomas Langman
Cheryl LanaganJames PriorMukund GurujiThomas Pearce
Chris AndrewsJames VianellosMyer LeibmanThomas Pickford
Chris GabrielJamie StampNadia LombardiTiffany Collison
Chris GrahamJan ShaddockNadia LydonTim Bartsch
Chris GreenwoodJan WatsonNandakumar SambraneTim Brasher
Chris HaighJane St JohnNatalie CallaghanTim Medway
Chris KondouJanet StreetNatasha KempTimothy Baartz
Chris RickettsJanette WellsNatasha MunasingheTina Neale
Chris StewartJanice TaiNatasha TrajanovskaToby Birch
Chris WinklerJanina ResurreccionNathan LeeTodd Bajcic
Christiane BrunetJason BoyleNathan WilliamsTom Dery
Christine ArnoldJason FraserNathan WrightTom Hart-Brown
Christine ProuseJason MaddenNaveen AhluwaliaTom Payne
Christine WilsonJason O’DonnellNeal GerberTom Scheibling
Christopher BlairJason TonnaNeil McDonaldTony Crosby
Christopher ChartresJaspreet ChopraNerissa TrindadeTony Ingram
Christopher DoreyJeanette BowmanNgahuro MutuotaTony Lai
Christopher KaikatiJeannette GibsonNiamh JordanTony Yalda
Christopher LingJeff ChanNicholas BroughtonTram Lake
Christopher PowellJenna CohnNicholas DignamTrang Nguyen
Christopher SchembriJennifer DaroyNick ZaferTravis Jacklin
Cindy Swee San WongJennifer KentNicole LightfootTrieu Le
Claire & Mitchell.Jennifer LayNicole WatsonTrish Turnbull
Claire HardingJenny CheNik PantelicTristan Sharp
Claire WongJerome GaslinNilesh kumarTut Turner
Clara YoonJessica GeorgeOliver PageTy Lim
Claudia SimecekJessica O’ByrneOlivia ChaisumdetVanessa Greenberg
Clint BrattonJi Liang LinOlivia LorimerVerena Zannantoni
Colin JowellJim AlexopoulosOlivia SullivanVerity Le Maitre
Corey SwanJimmy HaugheyPaige EdmundsVeronica Crowe
Corrinda WilliamsJing ChenPamela FrostVeronica Jerez
Courtenay PerksJoanna ZwartPantea PooladvandVeronica Pettifer
Courtney KingstonJoanne AndrewsPanyaporn SrinonVesna Ringue
Courtney SelleckJoanne DuffyParis Robinson-hicksVicki Benn
Craig BairdJoanne NormanPascal LachanceVicky Wu
Craig LennardJodi HodgesPatricia HofferVictoria Bond
Cressida AndersonJoe GaleaPatricia McLaughlinVivian Carasso
Daisy MelwaniJoe JohnstonPatrick GuerreraWarren Scott
Damien BowdenJoel DaviesPaul BakerWarren Turner
Damien LeonardJohn BojarskiPaul CheshireWayne Arnold
Damon McLeanJohn HartinPaul EganWayne Meyer
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Dan DicaJohn SavagePaul JeanWendy Bradley
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Dana LevittJohnny DuPaul RedfernWendy Hodgkins
Danae VrettosJon GregoryPaul ShardWendy McArdle
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Daniel CarlinJosh BryerPaul ThurtellWilfred Riddles
Daniel HardieJoshua GlassonPaula AdamsonWill Figueira
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