Sydney University Dentistry students tackle City2Surf

30 August 2011

On Sunday 14th August 2011 85,000 people participated in the annual Sun Herald City2Surf, Sydney raising more than $3.4 million for charity! A group of 21 University of Sydney, Dentistry students thought that this would be a great opportunity to have some fun, get into shape and raise some money for charity.

In the weeks leading up to the race, the thought of the 14km track was a bit daunting, but the excitement began to build when we all met up before the race. The whole of Hyde Park was alive with the energy of all the runners and walkers eagerly anticipating the start of the race. It was really inspiring and motivating to see so many people with one common goal. In fact, there was an attempt to break a Guinness world record with the most people simultaneously stretching in the warm up to the yellow start.

Some students with a competitive streak preferred to run the whole track aiming to complete the race within a certain time. Other students teamed up together to walk the track. These students dressed up in formation as teeth supported by orthodontic braces. Amazingly they stayed in this arrangement for the entire race!

The halfway point of the race saw the team battle through the infamous 3km slope, affectionately known as Heartbreak hill. This is renowned for being the most difficult part of the race and is a challenge even for the most experienced runners. I think all the students should be proud that they had the determination to push on past this point and go on to reach the finish line at Bondi. Congratulations to Victor Tiong (BDent2) who came first within our group with a spectacular finishing time of 65 minutes!

The team chose to support the charity Craniofacial Australia. This group provides assistance to disadvantaged people in regards to cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, tumors, trauma and other developmental conditions. They also fund research into understanding the causes of these conditions and look at ways they can be prevented in the future.

We received donations from other students, staff, friends and family. We also hosted a very successful bake sale on campus, which went towards a combined student contribution. In total we raised $1530 for Craniofacial Australia, which greatly exceeded our initial goals. Most importantly we helped to raise community awareness about craniofacial conditions in our society, which is in itself an amazing achievement.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the fundraising efforts. I'd love to see this become a yearly event so keep up the training for 2012!

Rebecca Duke BDent2 Social Representative

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