Race where ev­ery­one wins

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FOR colour­ful char­ac­ter Daniel Ed­wards, the City-Bay is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to let his cre­ativ­ity run wild.

For­get run­ning a per­sonal best, this 29-year-old, of Christies Beach, said his mo­ti­va­tion was to brighten up the 12km stretch of road with vi­brant cos­tumes – and hope­fully make peo­ple smile along the way. “I love dress­ing up – it makes peo­ple happy,” he said. “I get big smiles from most peo­ple and a few laughs. I don’t mind if peo­ple laugh at me or what they think.”

Last year he won the City-Bay cos­tume com­pe­ti­tion with a strik­ing red and white suit. And while he is clearly out to have fun, this year’s event had more mean­ing than most. To­day as he walked from Ade­laide to Glenelg, he was in­spired by his mother Sally Ed­wards.

“My mum was di­ag­nosed with cancer two months ago, so she can’t do it this year, but in past years I’ve done it with her,” he said, adding that to­day he was in­stead joined by his fa­ther and sis­ter. THE City-Bay will al­ways have a spe­cial place in the hearts of Kirsteen Calder and daugh­ter Chelsea Py­man, pic­tured.

Ms Calder, 46, said the fun run re­minded them of pre­cious mo­ments spent with their late daugh­ter and sis­ter, Ge­or­gia Py­man.

Ge­or­gia was born with a mul­ti­tude of med­i­cal is­sues af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with con­gen­i­tal cy­tomegalovirus when Ms Calder was 30 weeks preg­nant.

Doc­tors said her life ex­pectancy was six to 12 months, but Ge­or­gia lived to be 14 – and she loved the City-Bay.

“The City-Bay brings back mem­o­ries of the three of us,” Ms Calder said. “We have been do­ing (it) since 2006, when Chelsea was four and Ge­or­gia was seven.

“Ge­or­gia’s life was all about cre­at­ing mem­o­ries. If you’ve ever par­tic­i­pated in the City-Bay, the one thing that you will no­tice is that peo­ple are there united in hav­ing a fun day. It was some­thing we could par­tic­i­pate in as a fam­ily where Ge­or­gia’s dis­abil­ity was ir­rel­e­vant.”

To­day Chelsea, 15, ran the 12km for TeamKids, the fundrais­ing plat­form for the Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Ms Calder said sup­port­ing TeamKids, through their Ge­or­gia Py­man Fund, was “a very easy de­ci­sion”.

“Ge­or­gia was in pal­lia­tive care for eight years and we would have been lost with­out their (the WCH) sup­port,” she said. “Af­ter Ge­or­gia passed away, it was a very easy de­ci­sion to work with TeamKids and raise money in Ge­or­gia’s mem­ory so that the fam­i­lies who fol­low us have ac­cess to the same care and love that we re­ceived.

“Ge­or­gia was a bright light. We all be­came bet­ter peo­ple for know­ing her. All our fam­ily and friends who are par­tic­i­pat­ing (to­day) will have her in their thoughts. She would be so proud.”

Money raised for TeamKids – also the cho­sen char­ity of Team West­pac – will go to­wards de­vel­op­ing a hol­i­day house at Vic­tor Har­bor for fam­i­lies with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from a chronic or life­lim­it­ing ill­ness.

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

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