On Sunday 12th August, a group of runners assembled to tackle the 2018 City2Surf. But these weren’t just any runners… Led by Sony Foundation ambassador and former Wallaby captain John Eales, this dedicated group of individuals were running in support of Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp Program and You Can.
Prior to the race, a number of fundraising events and activities were held helping to raise a total of $13,303.84 from our m2m, Crossmark and Sony Music runners!!
John pushed Daniel, a 13 year old Sony camper who suffers from Cockayne Syndrome. Daniel’s syndrome leaves him unable to walk and Daniel was clearly thrilled to be able to take part in his first City2Surf. Daniel’s father Simon, a seasoned marathon runner, also joined John and team Sony Foundation for the run.
“Thank you for the great opportunity for our family to not only meet the legendary John Eales but for John to run with Daniel in the City to Surf. It was a beautiful day and we feel lucky to have been involved with the Sony Foundation for this event. Please pass on our thanks to John and Evie Eales. Both were so amazing, thoughtful and generous of their time!” Lucy, Daniel’s mother
Prior to the race, John took the time to meet with You Can Champs Nick, an osteosarcoma survivor and keen rugby player prior to cancer (actually playing the same position as John) and Nikhil, who once snuck a TV into his ward to watch John play. Both Nick and Nikhil relished the opportunity to meet a childhood hero of theirs, saying that this provided them the motivation to achieve their goal of being able to take part in next year’s City2Surf.
John also took the opportunity to meet with Sony Foundation Corporate Partner runners from m2m and Crossmark before they set off, providing them with words of motivation and inspiration!
In the lead up to this year’s City2Suf, Gold Corporate Partner m2m organised various fundraising mechanics including a trivia night, whereby they invited their media partners to a trivia night hosted in their offices. Engaging clients, local businesses and the Sony group for support of the night, m2m raised over $11,000 in funds for this year’s City2Surf.
A big thank you to all who ran and fundraised for Sony Foundation! This support goes well beyond the monetary value with our beneficiaries inspired and moved by the efforts of all involved.
We can’t wait to take part in next year’s City2Surf with an even bigger team representing Sony Foundation!
To register your interest in running for Sony Foundation, please email [email protected]