Runway run helps support cancer research

Fun run: Around 100 people had the chance to run on a Sydney Airport runway for the annual Runway Run for charity. Picture: Sydney Airport
Fun run: Around 100 people had the chance to run on a Sydney Airport runway for the annual Runway Run for charity. Picture: Sydney Airport

Around 100 people raced across one of Sydney Airport’s runways on Sunday, to officially launch the Community Christmas Giving Appeal.

The Runway Run returned this year- raising money for Cure Cancer Australia.

Sydney Airport Chief Executive Kerrie Mather said it was fantastic to see so many people taking part.

“We’re really proud of Sydney Airport’s Community Christmas Giving Appeal, which unites the airport and wider community to raise funds for charity,’’ she said.

“This year, we’re thrilled to support Cure Cancer Australia and Australia’s brightest emerging scientists in the area of cancer research. Christmas is a time for giving and we encourage everyone to get involved and give the gift of hope to help to find a cure for cancer.”

Cure Cancer Australia Chief Executive Floyd Larsen said it was a great event for a great cause.

“Seeing 100 participants, including fitness fanatics, families and aviation enthusiasts, take to the runway in their Cure Cancer Australia barbecure aprons and Santa hats was a wonderful reminder of the dedication and commitment of our supporters,” she said.

The run included a 100m Kids Dash, 500m Seriously Fun Run and Competitive Sprint.

The 2017 Runway Run Champion was Peter Gillis, while Ciaran Delaney won both the Kids Dash and Seriously Fun Run.

The annual Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal has raised more than a million dollars for charity over the past five years.