The Cole­man Greig Chal­lenge is on Septem­ber 20 and it aims to make a world of dif­fer­ence to chil­dren with spe­cial needs and new­born care.

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Now in its sev­enth year, the Chal­lenge do­nates funds to the St. Gabriel’s School at Cas­tle Hill; the Royal In­sti­tute for Deaf and Blind Chil­dren at North Rocks and the West­mead Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

In be­tween hos­pi­tal vis­its to her pre­ma­ture baby, Mila, Ceren San­cak has man­aged to get in some train­ing ahead of west­ern Syd­ney’s largest char­ity fun run.

Mila was born pre­ma­ture at 28 weeks and re­quired al­most two months of care in West­mead Hos­pi­tal’s neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit (NICU).

Ceren is en­ter­ing the 2019 Cole­man Greig Chal­lenge at Par­ra­matta Park on Septem­ber 20 to give thanks to the hos­pi­tal staff for their care and sup­port .

She is now ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to sup­port the event. With the funds raised from this year’s Chal­lenge the Foun­da­tion plans to buy cord­less Car­diotoco­graph (CTG) ma­chines for the Di­vi­sion of Women's and New­born Health.

The ma­chines are the lat­est us­ing wi-fi tech­nol­ogy and are used to mon­i­tor mul­ti­ple un­born ba­bies to de­ter­mine if ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion is re­quired dur­ing the birthing process.

An av­er­age of 6000 ba­bies are born at West­mead Hos­pi­tal an­nu­ally.

So far the Cole­man Grieg Chal­lenge has raised over $750,000. Or­gan­is­ers hope to cross the $1 mil­lion mark this year. The Chal­lenge takes place in Par­ra­matta Park be­tween 7am and 9am and is fol­lowed by a break­fast.

There are six op­tions which in­clude a 2.5km walk, 5km run and 10km run. Cy­clists, de­pend­ing on their abil­ity, have a choice of three events.

For de­tails visit cgchal­lenge.com.au

CEREN’S STORY Ceren and Can San­cak with Mila and their son, Doruk, 7.

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