$32,000 to go towards Our Kids from the Darrel Chapman Fun Run

HORSES FOR COURSES: Sami Bruggy takes a rural shot during the virtual edition of the Darrel Chapman Fun Run.
HORSES FOR COURSES: Sami Bruggy takes a rural shot during the virtual edition of the Darrel Chapman Fun Run.

A virtual edition of the annual NAB Darrel Chapman Fun Run has raised $32,000.

The event gave participants a week to record times with money raised going to the Northern Rivers Our Kids organisation to buy paediatric equipment for local hospitals.

Local individuals and businesses rallied their networks and contributed to the cause.

This included a 'call to action' day from naming sponsor NAB Bank, which raised over $5300 through the generosity of their clients from the Lismore and Grafton branches.

"The NAB team are always proud to have been part of the Darrel Chapman Fun Run, and have been amazed by the support provided by the Northern Rivers community to this event, particularly when we had to go into lockdown again this year," NAB business bank executive Nigel Rumble said.

"We want to thank everyone who was involved in the Darrel Chapman Fun Run as it shows how much the community love this event and Our Kids, and they want to be part of the difference it makes."

Like in previous years, participants were able to register online, choose their distance, and then complete it in their own time.

With the late change to a virtual event, 80 percent of people who had already registered for the physical event chose to donate their registration fees.

There was no cost to participate in the virtual registration, but instead there was an opportunity for people to donate, fundraise or be sponsored to do a particular distance.

"These funds will go to purchasing a Bilibed for the Lismore Base Hospital Special Care Nursery which provides phototherapy treatment for babies presenting with jaundice," Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

"The support has been amazing, particularly in light of this latest lockdown, where we have all felt disheartened. It has been incredible to see the photos and posts coming through. We live in such a great community.

"My sincere thanks goes to all involved; our sponsors, our competitors, all who donated, our champion fundraisers and the Our Kids Platinum Partners who helped make this happen.

The donations will benefit our babies and families in the the Northern Rivers for years to come."

A special mention to the winners of the NAB Community Challenge, The Northern Rivers Runners and Walkers.

Not only did they raise an incredible $3,608, but they ran their own photo competition to help their team stay connected, which included best city photo, best rural photo, and because they all love the hill on Cusack Rd which is part of the Darrel Chapman 10k and 21km course, the best Cusack Rd photo.

The 2021 result tally, based on fundraising totals:

NAB Corporate Challenge:

1st place: TEAM SCU

2nd place: Tweed Paeds Team

3rd Place: Sommerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors

NAB Community Challenge:

1st place: Northern Rivers Runners & Walkers

2nd place: Team Twinnies

3rd Place: Starley and Tribe

Highest Fundraisers:

1st place: Lydia Plowright

2nd place: Holly Irwin from team Trev's Mito Tough

3rd Place: Denis Byrne

If you would like to support Our Kids, please call the Our Kids Office on 6620 2705.