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Smiddy Fun Week 2020 launches

Saturday 10 October 2020

In its 14th year, the well-known Smiddy Fun Run which raises money for skin cancer research at the PA Hospital Campus will be transformed from a single fun run, to a week-long fitness and fundraising campaign, the Smiddy Fun Week - #7daysofSmiddy.

With Covid-19 expected to still impact the ability to host events where social distancing is problematic, the Smiddy Fun Week will offer participants the chance to challenge themselves to run, walk, swim, cycle for 7 days of Smiddy in memory of PA Hospital (PAH) Physiotherapist Adam Smiddy who passed away from a melanoma at the age of 26.

Run by the PA Research Foundation, Smiddy Fun Week will take place during national Skin Cancer Action Week, 15 to 21 November, with participants or teams able to take part on their own or create a team. Participants are encouraged to raise funds and track their workouts with prizes available for the highest fundraising teams.

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said all funds raised through the week will be put towards novel skin cancer research at the PAH campu.

"Adam was a triathlete and a very fit man who sadly succumbed to melanoma, which shows the disease doesn't discriminate," he said.

"With Queensland considered the skin cancer capital of the world, and two in three Australians set to be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, continuing to drive research and innovation in skin cancer is vitally important.

"The Foundation has an established track record of supporting groundbreaking skin cancer and melanoma research, including a 10-year relationship with the University of Queensland's Dermatology Research Centre and the establishment of the Vectra 3D Imaging system at the PAH campus."

Having raised more than $90,000 for skin cancer research since 2006, the Smiddy Fun Run has been a well-supported event by PA staff and fun runners alike, and Mr Topp said he hopes the Fun Week concept will be embraced by as many as people as possible.

"Adam Smiddy was a much-loved member of the PA Community and I'm sure would've been one of the first people to take on a challenge like this for such a good cause," he said.

"With an entry fee of just $10, Smiddy Fun Week will offer something for everyone, with challenges ranging from 25kms in 7 days or 10 laps of the 2019 Smiddy Fun Run, course right up to 75kms or 30 laps of the course for the keen athletes who want to test themselves.

Participants who register for Smiddy Fun Week before 31 October will go into the draw to win an Apple Watch SE.

Competitors and participants will be able to track their kilometers and workouts online after registering through the Smiddy Fun Week website.