FOR Southern Cross University student Christian Layland, the decision to get involved as part of the sponsorship team for the 2011 Darrel Chapman Fun Run was an easy one.
The 20-year-old returned to the area from Brisbane this year to attend university, and is already familiar with Lismore Base Hospital after a childhood illness.
“I had a collapsed lung and spent weeks and weeks in the hospital when I was young,” Layland said.
“When I found out the university had an event that helped the hospital, my eyes lit up and I jumped at the chance to get involved.
“It’s something that’s really close to my heart and I’m trying to help out any way I can.”
The fun run raises money for the Northern Rivers Children’s Health Fund – Our Kids – which aims to improve health services for children in the Northern Rivers region.
So far the organisation has helped raise over $1 million – spent on equipment for the children’s ward at Lismore.
“We have mayor Jenny Dowell confirmed as an entrant and there will be plenty of sports memorabilia up for auction on the day,” Layland said.
In a massive day for SCU, the gym and pool will celebrate its one year anniversary of the pool’s opening.
“We’ll run in conjunction with the fun run and have plenty of events and activities on throughout the day,” gym and pool manager Richard Campbell said.
“It will be an open day and there will be a dash for cash relay, novelty flotation device race and a treasure hunt for the kids.
“The dash for cash is really popular and we hope that local swimming and sporting teams will enter.
“We’ll also be offering special discounts on gym and pool memberships throughout the day.”
Nominations are now open for the dash for cash and all pool activities are free.
The action begins at SCU from 8am next Sunday.
For more information on the Darrel Chapman Fun Run visit www.dfr.scu.edu.au.