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Wesley Mission smashes City2Surf goal

18 August 2016 Wesley Mission news

We’re not sure about blood or tears, but there was certainly plenty of sweat last weekend when the Wesley Mission 2016 City2Surf team completed the 14 kilometre run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. And raised the very tidy sum of $11,650… and counting, as funds are still rolling in.

The Wesley Mission team raised funds by setting up Everyday hero pages, which they could easily share with friends, family and colleagues via email and social media.

Senior Fundraising Officer, Lila Elias, was overjoyed with the team’s efforts, which will go toward the Wesley Take Charge of Your life program and make a real difference to young people leaving foster care.

“Our target was $10,000 so we smashed it!” Lila said.“We had 13 people participate this year, and from what I can see the most we have ever previously raised was $8,923 in 2012 with 33 team members.“We really appreciate the time and effort everyone put in – both in getting race-day fit and in doing a fantastic job raising funds.”

David Allen, Executive Manager, Wesley Community & Family Care was part of the team, running with his sons, Mason and Logan.

“This was Mason’s (aged 12) fourth, and Logan’s (aged nine) second time running the City2Surf.“For the early sections of the run, when the finish is just so far away, peer pressure kept the boys going, but all were smiling and there was a happy mood to the run,” David said.“I’m very proud of how the boys all ran and tried their hardest, Logan to push himself to where he surprised even myself in what he can achieve, and Mason was impressive in how he was happy to run slower to assist Blake [his 10 year old cousin] … and everyone in helping to raise money for Wesley Mission.”  

This year, the City2Surf attracted more than 68,000 participants and the winning time was 42 minutes, achieved by Harry Summers, a 26 year old distance runner from Randwick.

For the Wesley Mission team, though, it was never about the time. It was about finding another way to do all the good you can!

“I really enjoyed cheering the team over the line on the day – everyone had their own pace, some waved as they flew past and others stopped for a chat – but everyone looked as though they really enjoyed the experience. I could see it gave every person a real sense of achievement,” Lila said.

And Lila’s message to the 2016 team?

“Congratulations—you did it! Please join in again next year - and bring the rest of your colleagues with you!”