Walk or run, Our Kids want you to have fun (and raise money)

By Jane Gardner

NEXT month, the Northern Rivers community is invited to dust off the joggers for a good cause.

The 12th Darrel Chapman Fun Run will be held at Southern Cross University on May 20 to raise money for the Our Kids charity.

But don't sweat it if running isn't your strong point ? this year's theme is 'walk or run, just have fun'. That's certainly what Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista plans to do.

"I'll think that I'll be walking," she laughed. "I'll be the one holding a water pistol."

The Northern Star is proud to be a media partner of the event, which will be run by students from the Southern Cross University School of Sports and Exercise.

The fun run is named in honour of local sporting legend and respected academic Darrel Chapman, who passed away from cancer in 1992.

Close friend and founder of the Our Kids foundation, Doctor Chris Ingall, said Mr Chapman would be proud to have his name attached to a very worthy cause ? raising money to buy vital medical equipment for the Lismore Base Hospital's children's ward.

"Even though it was cancer that took Darrel, it wasn't for that that I will remember him," Dr Ingall said. "It's more for the way he thought and the vision he had.

He was a visionary for including people with a disability and encouraging the disabled to take part. "I think he would be very pleased."

The fun run is hoped to attract over 500 participants and raise a minimum of $4000 for the Our Kids charity. To get on board with sponsorship of the event, or for more information on how to register call 6626 9570 or email dcfr@scu.edu.au.

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