Participants of all ages are invited to participate this weekend in a first-of-its kind virtual fun charity event to honour the memory of Jess Clark, who passed away from cancer in 2013, and help raise funds for the C5c Oncology Ward at Westmead Hospital.
Event organiser, Lynette Gillies was Jess’s mother-in-law and has hosted the event Run 4 Jess for the past eight years at CV Kelly Park Girraween, however this is the first time that the event will be hosted virtually online.
Ms Gillies said, “Given the COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of everyone is our priority”.
“People are invited to go for a walk, run or skip anywhere they like including the backyard, home or nearby park, take some selfies and post them on the Run 4 Jess Facebook page facebook.com/Run4Jess”.
“We are looking forward to seeing the places people exercise at on weekends, and its a great way to keep everyone safe and still have fun for a great cause”, said Ms Gillies.
To register for the event, donate $5.00 to Westmead Hospital Foundation’s website https://westmeadhf.org.au/donate/. Ms Gillies encourages everyone to wear Jess’s favourite colour, green and run or walk 2 kilometres, 4 kilometres or more at your favourite location, and post your achievement on the Run 4 Jess Facebook page.
“People from across the globe and interstate are participating along with Dr Philip Lee, Westmead Hospital Foundation Ambassador and the Girraween (Seniors) Athletics Club and Jess’s family’, said Ms Gillies.
Dr Lee is keen to take part in this new virtual event as it allows him to do what he loves best “My knee won’t let me run any more, but I’ll be cycling for Jess,” he said.
Westmead Hospital Foundation, CEO Mr Joe Conneely said, “We are thrilled that Run 4 Jess is going ahead in the virtual world. I encourage everyone to get involved, have some fun whilst helping patients at Westmead Hospital”.
Money raised by Run 4 Jess will be used to purchase new patient information system displays for the Oncology Ward at Westmead Hospital.