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2024 Darrel Chapman Fun Run is open for registrations

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Lara Leahy

02 July 2024, 9:00 PM

2024 Darrel Chapman Fun Run is open for registrations

This year celebrates the 30th NAB Darrel Chapman Fun Run. Entries are now open for this year's events, and Our Kids have made great plans, once again.

Barbara Chapman is excited for each event, “Every year is fantastic and exciting, and it is great for the family to remember what a wonderful person Darrel was.”

(In front: Rebekka Battista (Our Kids), Barbara Chapman with the starter. At the back: Andrew Stevens (Connect Accountants), Charles Allen (NAB), Dennis Byrne (Lord’s Taverners), Tim Abraham (NAB), Suzette Pearce (Our Kids, Chair), Chris Bickford (Terania Consulting), Georgia Everson (NAB), Dennis Young (Terania Consulting), Samantha Gordon (Our Kids))

There are five ways to get involved this year;

1 - Lord Taverners 10km traditional fun run.

Under 17s - $30, and you get a shirt

Over 17s - $60, and you get a shirt

Family - $100 with a shirt included.

Dennis Byrne (Lord’s Taverners) said, “We joined with Our Kids 10 or 12 years ago. We believe in doing all sorts of things to raise money for children and kids in sports.”

2—Masters Games Half Marathon is for keen runners who want to stretch their legs. Early bird registration (July 1 to 31) is $60, which includes a shirt.

3—Terania Consulting 4km Family Walk. Registration is free, and you can buy a T-shirt for $20. Everyone is welcome, including big friend groups and people pushing prams. You can walk or run and even dress up!

Terania Consulting is the new sponsor, and Dennis Young said, “We are a relatively new business, and identified Our Kids as a charity we wanted to support as around 90% of our directors have kids who have used the Our Kids equipment at some stage. There are some great people and synergies there for us, it was a no-brainer.”

Entrants are asked, for safety reasons, to register to ensure all participants are accounted for.  

There is an option to donate if entrants wish.

4 - Southern Cross Virtual Marathon for those who can’t make it on the day. The virtual event can be completed between 19 - 25 August by walking, running, cycling or swimming.

5 - Support! Support! Support! Get down to the fun run and watch. Better still, buy a T-Shirt and barrack for your favourite entrant from the side-lines! T-Shirts are $20.

Other sponsors include Connect Accounting, who are sponsoring the finishing straight and has become a platinum sponsor for Our Kids, NBN and Lismore City Council.

Andrew Stevens from Connect Accounting said, “It’s an exciting thing, sponsoring the straight. We think it’s a fantastic cause, and we are looking to give back to the community. There isn’t a better cause around than Our Kids!”

Rebekka and Our Kids are very thankful for the naming sponsors, NAB, who also supply “an amazing amount of volunteers” to assist in the event.

Tim Abrahams from the NAB said, “I think the important thing for us is to support the local community. All the money that gets raised goes into local hospitals, and it helps local families and local kids.” 

This fundraiser is considered a big part of the Our Kid culture. Rebekka said, “Our signature events raise money, and with this fun run, we have purchased a resuscitaire, monitors, technology to look at babies in utero and a whole gamut of equipment we would not have had - it’s pretty significant!

“This is such a great event for Lismore. Thank you to our sponsors who have contributed to help make this event a success.”  

This event remembers Darrel Chapman, husband, father, distinguished academic and sporting legend, who lost his battle with cancer in October, 1992. Darrel was schooled at St. John’s College, Woodlawn, which forms part of the run.

Barbara recalls, “Darrel was a really outgoing gregarious person, passionate about his work, and he was a pioneer in his field in Sports and Movement. It’s great to see him being remembered each year.”

Darrel played rugby league for Australia and captained South Sydney before becoming NSW Assistant Director to Sport. He also established the Human Movement Science and Sport Management Program at Southern Cross University. His legacy lives on through this event.

The Darrel Chapman Fun Run will be held on Sunday, August 25 from 7am. You can register HERE! 

Or for more information, call Our Kids during office hours on 02 6620 2705.

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