Austin College team raises thousands for Life

Published 02 June 2009

relayforlifeA team of students from the University of New England’s Austin College, representing the University and Armidale in the Coffs Harbour “Relay for Life” at the weekend, raised $3,000 for cancer research.

The team of 16 young men was one of only two teams that kept walkers on the track at Coffs Harbour’s Marshall Sporting Complex for the full 24 hours of the event. The Austin College team also raised more money for the Cancer Council than any other team.

Ryan Swift, a team member and co-organiser of its fund-raising venture, said: “We took part in the Armidale ‘Relay for Life’ last year and, because we enjoyed ourselves and raised quite a lot of money, and because cancer research is such a good cause, we decided to enter the Coffs Harbour ‘Relay’ this year. And for those of us who have been touched by cancer through family or friends, the event had added significance.”

“Although we reached our target of $3,000,” he continued, “we’d like to raise more.”

“The fact that these students got together, planned and coordinated their participation in another city, and followed through to active participation inspired me personally,” said David Ward, the Master of Austin College, “and is something of which we can be proud.”

“College life at UNE strongly supports such activities,” Mr Ward said, “and I’m delighted, as its new Master, to see the Austin College community backing this group of young men in their endeavours.”

A PHOTOGRAPH of the Austin College team can be seen by clicking on the image displayed here. The team members are: (back row from left to right) Ben Bahnson, Zac Taylor, Mitch Jones, Tim Andrews, Sam Hudson, Michael Jones, Mitchel Parish, Bryce Seccombe; (front row from left to right) Riley Dayhew, Nicholas Ado, Philip Kingsland, Ryan Swift, Hamish Peirce, Garth Croker.