Olympian Liz Parnov and best-selling author Hugh van Cuylenburg lace up their running shoes to support life-saving cancer research 

Former Olympic pole vaulter and Survivor champion Liz Parnov has joined forces with best-selling author and ‘The Resilience Project’ Founder Hugh van Cuylenburg to support Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). 

The pair are proud ACRF event ambassadors for the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10K & 5K run on Sunday, July 23, with funds raised through the event helping ACRF to continue backing brilliant cancer research. 

Parnov and van Cuylenburg will both take on the picturesque 5km course and are urging others to get behind ACRF’s life-saving work and give Australia’s best cancer research to the people they love, by taking part in the impactful fun run and fundraising for ACRF. 

Since 1984, ACRF has invested more than $174 million across 82 research projects supercharging scientific research with the technology and equipment needed to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat all types of cancer. 

“I’m honoured to help raise money for ACRF through such a wonderful event,” said Parnov, who competed at the 2020 Olympic Games and won Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains earlier this year. 

“Almost everyone has been impacted by cancer in some way. By supporting ACRF, we can all contribute to cutting-edge research and help to give the people who need it most Australia’s best cancer research.” 

Best-selling author van Cuylenburg, who presents The Resilience Project seminars on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness to schools, businesses and sports clubs around the country, echoed Parnov’s message. 

“While I’m more of a short-distance runner – I still train and compete as a sprinter – I can’t wait to clock up 5km to support an amazing cause,” said van Cuylenburg, who also co-hosts The Imperfects podcast. 

“It’s a privilege to be an ACRF ambassador. More funding for cancer research is essential so our best and brightest minds can find new ways to prevent, detect and treat this devastating disease.” 

ACRF CEO Kerry Strydom expressed her excitement at having Parnov and van Cuylenburg on board. 

“We can’t thank Liz and Hugh enough for their commitment,” Ms Strydom said. “They’re both extremely talented and caring people who will make a big difference with their influence and voice in the community.” 

“A sincere thanks must also go to the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k organisers. This is the second year that ACRF has been the sole charity partner of the event and we are so grateful. 

“We’re calling on Sydneysiders to register for a vital 10km or 5km run and fundraise for ACRF. Two in five Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, so research could one day help yourself or someone you love.” 

Anyone can register for the Sydney Harbour 10K & 5K run, from kids to adults and social walkers to elite runners. Sign up to the event here and create your fundraising page here to support ACRF’s life-saving work.