A new one-day format has been adopted for the 2017 Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge, which raises valuable funds for the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.
Participants will have the choice of walking the Coast Track from Otford to Bundeena or a driving challenge from Wollongong to Sydney.
After registering at the University of Wollongong, walkers will be bused to the start of the Coast Track at Otford.
The groups will join up that night for a big party at Cronulla.
The Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 11, Remembrance Day.
A large number of corporate and community supporters and sponsors attended the launch on Monday.
The Challenge celebrates the life of the late businessman and community leader, who died in February last year.
Mr Tynan was an early supporter and benefactor of the medical research foundation, which was set up 10 years ago.
The initial challenge last year, which was a two-day event, raised more than $520,000.
Daniel Tynan, the chief executive of the Tynan Motor Group, said they hoped to exceed that figure this year.
Mr Tynan said the simpler format could encourage more participants.
Annette Tynan said her late husband was a great supporter of the community and served for many years on the board of Calvary Hospital, Kogarah, and on the health group’s national committee.
”When he was very sick, it was St George Hospital who looked after him, so we naturally gravitated to choosing the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation to benefit from this event,” she said.
Head of Industry Banking at the St George Group, Janie Wittey, said, as a founding partner, the bank had enjoyed a long relationship with the foundation.
“We are delighted to support the Challenge, and a significant number of our staff will be participating,” she said.
It is an absolutely spectacular walk, one of the best in Australia, and I would encourage everyone to do it.
Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman said he walked the Coast Track for the first time during last year’s Challenge.
“It is an absolutely spectacular walk, one of the best in Australia, and I would encourage everyone to do it.”