Western Sydney businesses raise $150,000 for children with special needs and newborn care

Katie Kelly, Michelle Jenneke and Jana Pittman take challenge for charityKatie Kelly, Michelle Jenneke and Jana Pittman take challenge for charity

On Friday 21 October, Western Sydney businesses joined forces at the Coleman Greig Challenge by running, riding and walking in Parramatta Park to support children with special needs and newborn care.

Joined by champion athletes Katie Kelly, Michelle Jenneke and Jana Pittman, over 300 enthusiastic participants indulged in some friendly competition, followed by a delicious post-event fundraising breakfast at Lachlan’s Old Government House.

The annual fundraising event brought the community together and raised $150,000 for children with special needs and newborn care. All funds raised support Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), St Gabriel’s School and MyWestmead.

Coleman Greig Principal Andrew Grima said, “This is our biggest and best Challenge and it’s all down to the enthusiasm of our sponsors, participants and volunteers in making the event such a success!

“An event like this is so rewarding. To have the opportunity to be able to give back to the community is a massive privilege and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact from the funds raised on children and families in Western Sydney.”

Corporate heavyweights supporting the event included Platinum Sponsors: Lexus of Parramatta/Terry Shields Toyota, St.George Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Recruitment Edge.

The money raised for RIDBC will be used to produce tactile large print and braille books to assist children with a vision impairment. My Westmead will put the funds towards purchasing two Panda Resuscitaires – equipment that provides all-in-one support for newborns in need of extra TLC, and St Gabriel’s School will use the funds for their outdoor area to improve socialisation and communications skills.

St.George Bank took out the overall Challenge Shield, raising an enormous $11,047 for the charities. Stephen Champion from Champion’s Business Growth Advisers was the Highest Individual Fundraiser, contributing $9,811 in donations to the overall tally.

Donations to the Coleman Greig Challenge: Corporate for Community can be made until Wednesday 30 November, 2016, at http://colemangreigchallenge2016.gofundraise.com.au/