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Smiddy Fun Week a huge success

Wednesday 02 December 2020

PA Research Foundation's Smiddy Fun Week event has raised close to $30,000 for vital skin cancer research.

Taking place during National Skin Cancer Action Week, 15 to 21 November, Smiddy Fun Week took the place of the Smiddy Fun Run so participants could take part on their own or in a team with friends, family while remaining Covid safe.

In total 81 participants and 10 teams took the opportunity to walk, run swim or cycle across the seven days while raising funds for skin cancer research in memory of PA Physiotherapist Adam Smiddy.

Cancer Alliance Team

The top fundraising team was HEALTHe who raised more than $4500, while PA Hospital campus-based team Cancer Alliance finished third among the teams by raising over $2000.

Competing for the first time by undertaking a number of long daily walks Adam Smiddy's father David Smiddy took out he title of top individual fundraiser raising $1900, followed closely by Ali Lindsay from the Out on a Limb team who took part to honour her father who also lost his life to skin cancer. Third highest fundraiser Alex Anderson challenged himself to swim 100 laps of his local pool and raised over $1200 in doing so.

David Smiddy completing his Smiddy Fun Week walks

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said the organization was thrilled to see such a high level of engagement in the seven-day fitness challenge from both the PA Hospital and wider communities.

"The Smiddy Fun Run has been running for 13 years as a regular fun run around the PA Hospital campus, so it was encouraging to see so many of our regular Smiddy Fun Runners, including many of our PA community get behind the Fun Week concept," he said.

"The virtual platform gave the chance for everyone to get involved in raising vital funds and it was amazing to see the likes of David Smiddy raise as much as he did in honour of his son.

Team Heathe enjoying a well-earned breakfast after completing their Smiddy activities

"The biggest of thanks to our presenting partner Port of Brisbane for their support, and every single Smiddy Fun Week participant for their efforts, the week would not have been such a resounding success without their dedication and commitment."

Most K's Covered (a whopping 101klm):
tied between Donna Davis and Mark Foster

Most Km's covered (team):
Cancer Alliance Qld

Smiddy Encouragement Award:
Ali Lindsay (Out on a Limb)

Top Fundraising Team:
Team Healthe

Top 10 Fundraiser draw:
Chris Bowen