BACK: Students D’Arcy van den Bossche and Stephanie Florentine. FRONT: Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard, Suzette Pearce, chair of Our Kids, Barbara Chapman (wife of Darrel).
BACK: Students D’Arcy van den Bossche and Stephanie Florentine. FRONT: Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard, Suzette Pearce, chair of Our Kids, Barbara Chapman (wife of Darrel).

Fun run’s $10,500 for babies

MORE than $10,000 raised from the Darrel Chapman Fun Run will help care for premature babies.

Southern Cross University has contributed $10,500 to a new intensive care cot at Lismore Base Hospital on behalf of the student organisers of the fun run.

Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard, head of the School of Health and Human Sciences presented a cheque to Suzette Pearce, chair of Our Kids at the Lismore SCU campus.

The 2013 Darrel Chapman Fun Run was held in May and attracted 503 runners and walkers.

Prof Gilleard said a team of 13 students planned, organised and managed the popular annual event, under the guidance of their university lecturer Greg Downes and Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista.

Now in its 18th year, the Darrel Chapman Fun Run is held in the memory of local sporting legend Darrel Chapman.

The event is organised by SCU students completing the sport facilities and events unit in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and the Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management and other degrees.

Ms Pearce said the $10,500 took Our Kids fundraising to $30,500 for the resuscitation unit worth $38,000, for premature babies and other newborns placed under stress during labour.

"Once purchased, this new unit will work in conjunction with an existing unit that's now five years old," she said.

Our Kids raises money for the children's ward and for children with special medical needs across the Northern Rivers, enabling them to receive specialist medical care closer to home.



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