Students from the University of New England’s Earle Page College have once again strapped on their joggers and hit the road for charity.
The Earle Page College Coast run took place on September 3 and 4, consisting of a 220km relay from Armidale to Coffs Harbour.
A team of more than 40 Earle Page College students ran, drove supply vehicles, organised food and drinks and provided support for fellow group members.
The Earle Page College Coast Run Committee of the University of New England has been a proud supporter of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) for 31 years. The CMRI is an organisation that is dedicated to fundamental research and combat of diseases that affect children. Since Coast Run began, students of Earle Page College have raised more than $350,000 for the CMRI.
For more than three decades, student committees, college students and the wider Armidale community have contributed to raising the amount of $350,000 for the CMRI through the sale of a discount card, which promotes purchases from various businesses around Armidale. This year the discount card raised $16, 000.
A Fashion Parade raised more than $10,000. An auction, held on August 7, was generously supported by regional businesses, with donations of sporting memorabilia, gift vouchers, clothing items, accommodation and various goods.
Last year, as recognition for thirty years of fundraising, students of Earle Page College headed to Sydney for celebrations in September.
Students made a celebratory run around Sydney; from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the Opera House and finally to the lawns of Government House where they were greeted by the Governor of New South Wales, the Hon. Marie Bashir. Runners were also recognised by NSW Parliament and addressed by the Speaker of the House, the Hon. Richard Torbay.
In the Coast Run’s first year, the committee raised just over $1,000 dollars. In 2009, the committee raised more than $30, 000 in a single year. To maintain strong College and community support from year to year, the Committee promotes involvement in many enjoyable social events.
”If everyone involved in Coast Run leaves with good memories, they are more likely to be involved with a charity in the future. It only takes a little from all of us to make the world a better place”, said Coast Run Convenor Lauren Nay. “We’re grateful to everyone involved, especially the local businesses without whose support these events would not be possible.”