City staff find good rea­son to run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CITY of Ned­lands staff did not need re­mind­ing why they were sweat­ing it out at Run for a Rea­son last month, be­cause their rea­son was run­ning right be­side them.

Se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton was di­ag­nosed with can­cer last year.

Ms New­ton said she and her col­leagues Brid Ni Mhuineachain, Daniel Sharples and Robyn Forrest raised more than $1400 for the char­ity Can­cer Sup­port WA.

“I was so lucky to find Can­cer Sup­port,” she said.

“In fact, Robyn put me on to them. I im­me­di­ately knew that here was an or­gan­i­sa­tion that re­ally cared about me.

“Ev­ery­one at Can­cer Sup­port feels like fam­ily.

“Through their own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence or the ex­pe­ri­ence of their loved ones, they know ex­actly the ef­fect of a can­cer di­ag­no­sis, just how dev­as­tat­ing and trau­ma­tis­ing it is.”

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Ms Mhuineachain ran a per­sonal best in the 21.1km half marathon, af­ter train­ing at Ja­cob’s Lad­der and Kokoda in King’s Park, and the oc­ca­sional sprint through Kar­rakatta Ceme­tery.

Ranger Mr Sharples ran the 12km course push­ing his daugh­ter in a pram.

Run­ners Brid Ni Mhuineachain, Daniel Sharples, Michelle New­ton and Robyn Forrest raised more than $1400 for Can­cer Sup­port WA.

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