Botany resident runs race for charity

Jacob with Caren Mathews-LaneSpeech pathologist Caren Mathews-Lane with Jacob, who attends RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre

Botany resident Peter Harrold will be raising money for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) by running the Sydney Morning Herald half marathon on May 15.

Peter is an avid runner, competing in the City to Surf for fifteen years in a row, and running the Sydney Marathon in 2001.

Peter’s wife, Caren Mathews-Lane, is a speech pathologist who works at RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre where she teaches children who have a significant hearing impairment - as well as additional special needs - to develop relationships, communication and language.

“The run is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a great cause. I have the inside scoop on the amazing work undertaken at RIDBC, and I know that every little bit of help counts,” said Peter

“RIDBC Matilda Rose allows children and families to receive specialised support in a non-threatening, home-like environment. The impact RIDBC makes in the lives of the kids is incredible!

“The run allows me to raise some money for a great cause whilst keeping healthy. It’s win/win!”

Peter is aiming to raise $2000, although he is being relaxed about his time target for the event.

“My aim is just to survive! If I manage to run the whole way, I’ll be happy,” said Peter.

“And I’ll be really looking forward to Caren and my three wonderful children being there to cheer me over the finish line.”

Those looking to donate to Peter’s run can do so at

“It’s just so easy. Friends and family can log in online and donate from there,” said Peter.

You can also make a donation at any time at

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 970 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia, and assesses over 2000 more annually.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives. In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.