This April I will be running 'Marathon Des Sables'....
The Marathon des Sables is a 7 day race across the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco. It is 250km, with the longest stage being around 90km. It is the equivalent of 6 marathons in 7 days. It starts on 6 April 2018. I will be running through the darkness and cold of the night in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to over 50 degrees. I will be carrying my own kit the entire way which will weigh approximately 10kg. It will include all my food, camping needs and first aid as well as a few Litres of water. This will be carried across difficult desert terrain - mostly on sand - with many dunes!
And no - in case you're wondering, I've never done a formal Marathon race. However, I figure - why do one when you can do six?
I've decided to raise money for Westmead Children's Hospital
The Sydney Children's Hospital at Westmead is a vital facility that gives kids and their families a chance at the most precious commodity - health. As many of you know, I've experienced the amazing care and facilities during my family's toughest challenge to date - skull reconstructive surgery of our youngest child, Rafael, then 11 months old. We were kept buoyant by the hospital's staff, able to stay full time with him due to their support programs and experience some of the best medical care in the world.
I asked Westmead for a couple of words: The Hospital is a place of hope for thousands of sick children and their families who turn to us for our world-class paediatric health care, ranging from burns management to epilepsy monitoring, heart surgery, organ transplants and cancer treatment. While the government provides essential services, it is through donations that we are truly able to support our patients and families. Your support is vital in enabling The Children’s Hospital to continue to conduct vital research, purchase much needed up to date equipment, discover better treatment options and care for children and families in Hospital. The compassion and support we receive from people such as yourself is a constant source of inspiration as we continue to lead the way in advocating for the health, wellbeing and safety of all children in the community.
The money will likely be spread to the Oncology, Grace Centre for Newborn Care and Paediatric Intensive Care Departments which will include the purchase of vital equipment.
I have spoken to Westmead who have indicated that if the receipt that is automated from this website (Chuffed) is not adequate for a tax deduction, they will issue one to you upon completion of this campaign. I have chosen Chuffed as they do not take a fee like 'Go Fund Me' or 'Everyday Hero'.
The only money charged is the 2% (ish) card fee which you can build into your donation. Chuffed will also ask for a voluntary donation which is obviously optional. The rest goes to Westmead which is great.
So please give generously....
You can also follow my progress online... I'll post the website shortly