Earle Page runners maintain 30-year tradition

Published 10 September 2009

discountTomorrow, Friday 11 September, 35 students from the University of New England’s Earle Page College will take part in the College’s 30th annual Coast Run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour.

Over those 30 years, the Coast Run with its associated fund-raising activities has raised more than $350,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. This year alone, the campaign has already raised more than $30,000 through activities including a Fashion Extravaganza, a Charity Auction, and the sale of discount cards.

The Coast Run is a relay event, with participants – running in pairs – passing on the baton after completing each kilometre of the 220 km course.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Alan Pettigrew, and the Armidale Dumaresq Mayor, Councillor Peter Ducat, will be at Earle Page College tomorrow morning to set the runners on their way into Armidale, where they will have breakfast provided by the New England Credit Union before starting on the run to Coffs Harbour. Along with the Credit Union, other major sponsors of the Coast Run include Roberts & Morrow, the Royal Hotel, Armidale, and the Coffs Hotel.

Councillor Ducat will give the runners a message of greeting that they will present to the Deputy Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Councillor Bill Palmer, on their arrival at the Coffs Harbour Jetty.

The runners will spend tomorrow night in Dorrigo, and then continue to Coffs Harbour on Saturday. Also participating in the Coast Run are the people who set up food and accommodation for the runners.

“Raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute is both very rewarding and fun,” said the Coast Run Convener Ben Bowman. “It’s great to show the wider community that the University’s students do more than study and party.”

The Master of Earle Page College, David Ward, said: “It’s truly impressive that an eclectic group of students of this College come together each year to raise such large sums for charity.

“My hope is that, after such positive fund-raising experiences at their university college, the students will continue to contribute to charity fund-raising around the State – and around the world.”

To make a donation to the Coast Run, please phone the Earle Page College office on (02) 6773 5300.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, showing the Coast Run Convener, Ben Bowman, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Pettigrew, at the launch of this year’s fund-raising campaign in February, expands to include Coast Run Committee member Myee Gregory.