Cure Cancer Australia Flies High at the Runway Run

Cure Cancer Australia Flies High at the Runway Run

Last Sunday saw 100 Cure Cancer Australia supporters race across one of Sydney Airport’s iconic runways – and what a wonderful sight it was!

A beautiful sunny spring morning played host to this year’s annual Sydney Airport Runway Run, and we were delighted to see so many fantastic Cure Cancer Australia supporters take to the tarmac wearing their BARBECURE aprons and Santa hats.

Participants young and old gathered on the runway for a warm-up courtesy of personal trainer and Pilates specialist Wendi Carroll, before making their way to the track for the 100m Kids Dash, 500m Seriously Fun Run and Competitive Sprint.

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

Our Cure Cancer Australia supporters

It was wonderful to be able to catch up with some of the runners taking part and find out why they had chosen to get involved in the Runway Run.

Jane Flemming OAM, former Australian Olympic track and field athlete and breast cancer survivor, took part in the event with her family.

‘We’re here today to try and help raise money and awareness for Cure Cancer Australia' said Jane. ‘Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another, which is why there really is no option other than to fund cancer research. Unless we invest in innovation and diverse thinking then we’re never going to find a cure.’

Lauren Ha knows firsthand the importance of funding early-career cancer researchers:

 ‘I’ve been so excited to take part in this event, which is like nothing I’ve ever done before!’ said Lauren, who is set to begin her Masters in cancer research next year. ‘It’s been an amazing experience and a great way to support Australia’s emerging cancer researchers.’

Runner Vic DeFreitas had a very personal reason for signing up:

‘We lost my mother to lymphoma eight years ago and since that day I have always felt that with more research and awareness, she may have been saved’ said Vic. ‘On the other hand, I have a lot to be grateful for. My dad has previously battled stomach cancer and is currently recovering from prostate cancer. His survival has been down to the research and development in this field. I’m here today in the hope that other families don’t have to go through the same thing we went through. I also like doing something special around this time of year to celebrate my Mum’s life.’

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A special thank you

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Runway Run.

Not only was it a very entertaining sight to see everyone running down the runway in Santa hats and BARBECURE aprons, it also served as a fantastic reminder of just how dedicated and loyal our Cure Cancer Australia supporters are. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Further Supporting the campaign

If you would like to further support the campaign, you can view how you can get involved here or donate online here.



The Runway Run officially launched the 2017 Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal supporting Cure Cancer Australia, which features a range of exciting activations at the airport and online including our interactive Digital Trees of Hope. You can find out more about the appeal here.

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