Virtual fun run to raise money for cancer

A first-of-its kind virtual fun run will be held this weekend to raise money for the Westmead Hospital oncology ward.

Event organiser Lynette Gillies has hosted Run 4 Jess for eight years in memory of her daughter-in-law Jess Clark, who passed away from cancer in 2013.

The event is usually held at CV Kelly Park in Girraween and this is the first time it will be hosted virtually online.

“Given the COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of everyone is our priority,” Lynette said.

“People are invited to go for a walk, run or skip anywhere they like, including the backyard, home or nearby park, take some selfies and post them on the Run 4 Jess Facebook page.

“We are looking forward to seeing the places people exercise at on weekends, and it’s a great way to keep everyone safe and still have fun for a great cause.

To register for the event, donate $5 at the Westmead Hospital Foundation website.

Ms Gillies encourages everyone to wear Jess’s favourite colour green, run or walk two kilometres or more at your favourite location, and post your achievement on the Run 4 Jess Facebook page.

“People from interstate and across the globe are participating along with Dr Philip Lee, Westmead Hospital Foundation Ambassador, the Girraween Seniors Athletics Club and Jess’s family”, Lynette said.

Dr Lee is keen to take part in this new virtual event as it allows him to do what he loves best.

“My knee won’t let me run any more, but I’ll be cycling for Jess” he said.

Westmead Hospital Foundation chief executive Joe Conneely said he’s thrilled that Run 4 Jess is going ahead in the virtual world.

“I encourage everyone to get involved, have some fun while helping patients at Westmead Hospital,” he said.

Money raised by Run 4 Jess will be used to purchase new patient information system displays for the Oncology Ward at Westmead Hospital.