THE ANNUAL Darrel Chapman Fun Run was launched with plenty of student gusto in the children’s ward at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.
This is the 15th staging of the event named in honour of the local identity, national sporting legend and respected academic who tragically died of cancer in 1992.
It will be held on May 16 at Southern Cross University starting from the Military Road entrance at 9am with registrations from 7am.
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.
Promotions co-ordinator Joshua Pascoe, a student at SCU’s School of Health and Human Sciences, said it was shaping up to be the most successful year yet with sponsorship already reaching last year’s mark a month before the event.
“Last year we had 500 participants and raised $7000 so we’re hoping to improve on both those numbers this year,” he said.
In recent years the event has been organised and staged by students as part of their studies under the supervision of staff.
Participants can undertake a three kilometre or six kilometre course and can enter in four different categories – junior (under 16); open; differently abled and senior (over 50).
Registration costs $12 on the day or $10 in advance.
Those wanting registration forms, or more infor-mation, should visit the website online at http://dcfr.scu.edu.au.