Photos | Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge raises money and blisters

The 2nd Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF).

The challenge was held on Saturday and saw about 150 people trek 26km from Otford to Bundeena, through the Royal National Park.

A driving challenge was also staged which saw about 40 cars and 15 motor bikes stop at different locations to complete a list of challenges.

The participants then met at Tynan Motors Miranda for a big celebration.

“It was a great day and it was also a really good time to talk about the foundation and all the good work they are doing,” Madeline Tynan, daughter of Michael Tynan, said.

She said she was nursing a few blisters the following day, following the seven and a half hour trek, but it was well worth it to support medical research.

The challenge was launched by the Tynan family last year to honour well-known Sutherland Shire businessman Michael Tynan, who died in early 2016.

Mr Tynan started Tynan Motors and was heavily involved in the community. He also served on the Sutherland Shire Council for almost 20 years and was the president (mayor) from 1975-78 and 1988-89.

The inaugural challenge raised over $500,000 for the SSMRF. Madeline said they were still adding up how much they had raised during this year’s event, but it would likely be between $200,000 and $300,000.

Madeline said she was rapt with the turn out over the weekend which included plenty of doctors and nurses from St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital – the two hospitals which the SSMRF supports.

“We had so many doctors from Sutherland and St George hospitals – I think we had over 35 doctors and nurses which was great to see.”

Madeline said the Tynan family was out in force to support the event in memory of her dad.

She said there were still auction items up for sale online which people can purchase here.

Madeline thanked the many sponsors and volunteers for helping make the event happen.

SSMRF chief executive Jacquie Stratford said the foundation was very grateful for the support.

“It was a spectacular walk and fantastic to see many of our doctors and support staff from St George and Sutherland hospitals taking part. 

“Congratulations to Madeline and the Tynan team on hosting this very special event to benefit SSMRF.”