YMCA Women and Girls' Fun Run/Walk - Sunday 6 March 2016
The 2016 event has now been run and won. Congratulations to our winner, Emily Ryan, and to all our finishers. Thanks to the volunteers, without whom the event wouldn't happen.
Thank you from OvCan
The WGFR has been supporting OvCan for the last seven years. This year, in addition to the $5,000 sponsorship from the YMCA Canberra, we also raised nearly $1,000 from entrants additional donations. As OvCan is an entirely volunteer organisation, the money we have raised goes directly to projects such as awareness sessions for GPs, purchasing new equipment, and this year, sponsoring a research scholarship which is investigating how to improve ovarian cancer chemotherapy treatment. Full details of the work OvCan has been able to undertake with our help can be found here.
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In the beginning . . .
Jon Stanhope, who was at the time the organiser of the monthly Women and Girls’ Jogalong, felt that more needed to be done to encourage women to participate in the running scene. He therefore organised the first Fun Run which was held on 5 April 1987 on a 6 km course starting and finishing at Regatta Point. There were 400 finishers in the event, led home by Susan Hobson, who subsequently went on to represent Australia at three Olympic Games, as well as winning the Fun Run on a further five occasions.
Two of those who participated in that first event, Joan Mallory and Sue Counsel, have run the event every year ever since, and are expecting to line up for their 30th runs in March.
In 1999 the race moved to its currently location, based on Stage 88, with the length reduced to 5 km. In 2008 another Olympian, Lisa Corrigan, set the current course record of 16 mins 23 secs.
Despite the high quality of our winners, the main focus on the event has always been participation.
Proudly supporting OvCan
Since 2010 the event has raised money for OvCan, a small local group of volunteers, which aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer within the broader community, support women with the disease, and educate health professionals as to the diagnosis and best treatment path for this insidious cancer.
During this time, the run has raised over $30,000 for this cause, which has been used for activities such as conducting information sessions for GPs and running a support group.
In an exciting development 2015 has also seen some of these funds supporting a research scholarship, which it is hoped will foster interest in ovarian cancer research among up and coming health professionals.
Thanks to our 2016 sponsors