Race where everyone wins
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.