Coleman Greig Challenge raises more than $100,000 for children with special needs

The rain couldn’t dampen high spirits at the Coleman Greig Challenge last Friday.

More than 400 walked, ran or rode around Parramatta Park to raise funds towards educational technology for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, saving premature babies’ lives at Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, and new sensory gardens at St Gabriel’s School for Children with Special Needs.

It was also a networking opportunity for the business community.

Olympic hurdler Michelle Jenneke, two-time world champion hurdler Jana Pittman and Australian blind cricketer Matt Cameron were ambassadors. Cameron did the 10 kilometre run, Jenneke was an event marshal while Pittman completed the 2.5 kilometre walk with baby daughter Jemima in a pram.

“It’s been great fun to assist organisations that don’t always get a lot of help and support,” Pittman said. “I’m studying to be a doctor and have been to Westmead so I know how important the money raised means to the hospital.”

Jenneke added: “I was here for the first one and have seen it grown over the years, so it’s nice to be involved again and see so many people take part.”

The fundraising amount is still being tallied but is currently more than $106,500.

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