Michael Tynan Challenge charity walk and drive for medical research this Saturday | Photos

Madeline Tynan joined a celebrity field of walkers for the 2017 Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge, which kicked off on Wollongong Saturday morning.

Perfect weather met 200 participants for the start of the second annual walk and drive from the University of Wollongong just before 8am to raise funds for the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.

The walk saw around 150 people, including many high profile fundraisers, bused to the Otford Lookout for the start of a 26km walk along the coast track from Otford to Bundeena. 

After registering at the innovation campus everyone was ready to try and match last years fundraising of more than $500,000.

The car rally headed south for a driving challenge that involved them following clues and solving puzzles.

The plans was for both both groups eventually finish around the same time at Cronulla on Saturday evening where a celebratory function signals the culmination of another successful day of fundraising for medical research..

Ms Tynan said the the idea for the challenge came about after her late father Michael Tynan died in 2016. He was active in many community initiatives and was an early supporter and benefactor of the medical research foundation established a decade ago.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman walked the Coast Track last year and is supporting the event again in 2017. “I am excited to be back doing the Challenge this year. The spectacular Royal coastal track is world class..and it is the perfect location for such an incredible event”.

He said he will think about the passion, integrity and generosity Michael Tynan displayed during his life as well as the significance of medical research for the betterment of society.

Team Fairfax: Corinne Whiteman, Gayle Tomlinson and Paul Roberts at the Innovation Campus, Wollongong ready for the Michael Tynan Challenge walk. Photo: Paul Roberts / Twitter

Team Fairfax: Corinne Whiteman, Gayle Tomlinson and Paul Roberts at the Innovation Campus, Wollongong ready for the Michael Tynan Challenge walk. Photo: Paul Roberts / Twitter

The inaugural Michael Tynan Challenge in 2016 raised more than $520,000 and was held over two days. This year it is being held on the one day but its is hoped a similar amount will be raised.

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