Earle Page students run for children’s health

Published 12 September 2008

kamalsohi.jpgThis year’s fund-raising program at the University of New England’s Earle Page College reaches its climax this weekend with the 29th annual Earle Page College Coast Run from UNE to Coffs  Harbour.

The Coast Run program, which has included the sale of discount cards sponsored by local businesses, a public “Fashion Extravaganza” and auction, and fund-raising events within the College itself, has raised more than $30,000 so far this year for the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

Forty-five Earle Page students set off from the College early this morning on the 220-kilometre Coast Run. At the starting line Professor Graham Webb, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the Coast Run Committee – and the Coast Run Convener, Kamal Sohi – on raising more money for the CMRI than in any previous year. Professor Webb then fired the starter’s gun, and he and the Master of Earle Page College, David Ward, ran part of the initial stage with the students. The Armidale Dumaresq Mayor, Councillor Peter Ducat, presented the runners with a message of greeting to the Mayor of Coffs Harbour, which they will deliver on their arrival at Coffs Harbour Jetty tomorrow afternoon.

Brent Gregory, who founded the Coast Run when he was a student at Earle Page College and who is now a lecturer in UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, was there to encourage the Earle Page runners. His daughter, Myee, is one of them.

Mr Ward said that – as well as raising large sums of money for charity – the Coast Run allowed for the achievement of personal (and committee) goals, and the development of camaraderie among the participants.

“Since its inception in 1980, the Coast Run program has raised more than $300,000 for the CMRI,” Mr Ward said, “and the College is recognised as a significant donor to the CMRI’s charity fund raising. All of the activities are generously supported by the business houses and community members of Armidale, and we are grateful for their support.”

The New England Credit Union is the major sponsor of the Coast Run, and other sponsors include the Bananacoast Credit Union (Coffs Harbour), Armidale Framing and Art Supplies, The Armidale Express, Laing and Simmons (Port Macquarie), and UNE.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows the Coast Run Convener, Kamal Sohi (wearing the Vice-Chancellor’s colours) setting out on the Coast Run with her fellow Earle Page students.

UNE colleges raise funds for a wide range of charities

Fund raising for charity is a common pursuit among the residents of UNE’s college system. Last month, students at St Albert’s College raised more than $1,600 for the Armidale Community Oncology and Cancer Support Unit. The “Albies Week” events – including a golf day, car wash, and College Ball – brought the funds raised this year at St Albert’s College to $8,500, with the majority of the money going towards cancer-related charities including the NSW Cancer Council and the Leukaemia Foundation.

Also last month, students at Robb College raised more than $3,500 for the disability service provider Integrated Living Armidale during the College’s annual “Project Week” fund-raising exercise. Robb College’s annual fund-raising program includes involvement in the Salvation Army’s “Red Shield” appeal, and community-based projects such as – this year – an appeal that helped to send a young Armidale boy, Dylan Hardey, to the United States to be assessed by specialists in the rare medical condition Jacobsen’s Syndrome.

College fund-raising activities this year have also included the raising of about $2,500 by students at Austin College for the local Police & Community Youth Club.