Campbelltown Athletics Stadium was transformed again this year for the annual 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer walkathon.
The event has raised an accumulative $3.4 million for Campbelltown and Camden hospital services since its inception in 2005. The 2016 event – held on October 15 & 16 – managed to raise a further $350,000 for the cause.
“To you in the stands, thank you once again for your continued support,” Chairman Fred Borg announced to a crowd of hundreds during the opening ceremony.
“I cannot put into words how many people have received better treatment and care because of your generosity.”
The walk – now in its 11th year – has consistently donated funds directly to local health institutions in the Macarthur region.
“I will be asking the councils of Wollondilly and Camden to become more involved and especially to let their constituents know about our charity,” Mr Borg said.
“In particular that all the money that is raised, stays right here in Macarthur to benefit the people of Macarthur.”
Campbelltown Hospital is one beneficiary of the event. In the past yea, equipment, services and educational material have been provided to staff and patients directly from funds raised by the walk.
Professor Vincent Ho expressed his gratitude on behalf of the hospital during the ceremony.
“We have treated a number of cancers at Campbelltown Hospital over the years,” Prof. Ho said.
“We’re immensely grateful to the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer for the amazing work it has done for Campbelltown Hospital and cancer management.”
Mr Borg officially ended the ceremony with a request of those at the event.
“I’m asking you, today, to remain dedicated and inspired by this very unique charity that has become a must-do item on the calendar,” he said.
“The [24 Hour] Fight Against Cancer, as far as I’m concerned, is here to stay.”
With the charity headed for a record $4 million in donations, and increasing team registrations each year, the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer – much like those it represents – shows no sign of giving up.
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