CHEQUE DONATION: Lisa Parkes (Lighthouse run organiser,) Marshall Fittler (Crackin Cancer President)  Brigid Kramer (Lighthouse run organiser) Tina Kelly (Brookfarm) Pam Brook (Brookfarm) Sarah Rosborg and Claire Harding (Rafiki Mwema)
CHEQUE DONATION: Lisa Parkes (Lighthouse run organiser,) Marshall Fittler (Crackin Cancer President) Brigid Kramer (Lighthouse run organiser) Tina Kelly (Brookfarm) Pam Brook (Brookfarm) Sarah Rosborg and Claire Harding (Rafiki Mwema) Contributed

Lighthouse run in Byron raised $24,000 for charities

THE 2015 Brookfarm Byron Lighthouse Run this year raised $24,000 to go to local and overseas charities.

Featuring teams dressed up, individuals who were pumped for the occasion and a new kids dash, the event attracted a record number of entries and received very generous donations  this year.

Both business and community support of the event is central to its success and those involved are particularly proud that all proceeds raised are donated directly to charity. 

Brookfarm and the Lighthouse Run organisers are delighted to be donating  $24,000 in total this year to two very deserving organisations.

$12000 of the total will go to Rafiki Mwema, a therapeutic safe house in Kenya for little girls that have suffered terrible abuse.

The money raised from the Byron Lighthouse run will buy a much needed therapy room and equipment, so essential to their rehabilitation. 

Rafiki Mwema is funded by an Australian based charity set up and run by Lennox Head mums, Sarah Rosborg, Claire Harding and Nicci Meredith.

Each of them run their own successful businesses as well as donating many hours to the running and funding of Rafiki Mwema.

The other half of the donation total will go to benefit the Crackin' Cancer project and will be used  to purchase Computer Software for the Lismore Base Hospital.

Crackin' Cancer is a local not for profit organisation mainly dedicated to obtaining earlier and more accurate diagnosis and improved treatments for cancer patients residing in the Northern Rivers.

This year Crackin' Cancer will utilise the Brookfarm Byron Lighthouse Run money to help purchase a quality  CAD (computer aided diagnosis) software system which assists in more accurate cancer diagnosis. 

The acquisition of a CAD system will augment the up to date equipment, already in place at Lismore Base Hospital.

The aim is to get earlier more accurate cancer diagnosis, something we all know helps when cancer is involved. 

In addition $2000 was given to Beyond Blue on behalf of our Alstonville Osteopathy massage volunteers, this year.

"Handing over the money is a highlight of our year," organisers Lisa Parkes and Brigid Kramer said

"Our first year, nine years ago, we handed over a few hundred dollars, so we have grown a lot. 

"To date with the money donated today we have given away $121,000."

Next years event will be on 23 October 2016- for more information go to www.byronrun.com  For more information contact Brigid Kramer on 0414856061



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