Fin­ley Lake fun run in sup­port of River’s Gift

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Fin­ley Pub­lic School stu­dents will put their fit­ness to the test to raise money for Sud­den In­fant Death Syn­drome this Fri­day.

The school is host­ing a fun run to sup­port Co­bram man Adrian Hay­ward who is rais­ing money and aware­ness for River’s Gift — an or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides the largest source of non-gov­ern­ment fund­ing for SIDS re­search in Aus­tralia.

My Hay­ward com­peted in the Cairns Iron­man Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day in mem­ory of a child lost to SIDS.

His in­spi­ra­tion was the loss his friends suf­fered in 2016 when they lost their son to the syn­drome.

Fin­ley Pub­lic School’s Fun Run to Stamp Out SIDS was in­spired by Mr Hay­ward’s ath­letic ef­forts, and will be held at Fin­ley Lake from 1.30pm this Fri­day.

The younger stu­dents will com­plete one lap of the lake, about 2km, while stu­dents aged Year 3 and up will com­plete two laps.

All do­na­tions for those tak­ing part will be do­nated to River’s Gift.

It will be the sec­ond fundraiser for the cause hosted by the school, with a footy colours day in March rais­ing more than $160.

Mr Hay­ward’s fundrais­ing to­tal was yes­ter­day at $15,865, and his goal is to reach $20,000. He com­pleted Sun­day’s Cairns Iron­man in just over 12 hours (the 3.9km swim in one hour and 20 min­utes; 180km bike ride just un­der six hours; the 42.2km run in four hours and 35 min­utes).

LEFT: Adrian Hay­ward started his fundrais­ing jour­ney with help from River’s Gift mas­cot Hope the Ele­phant.

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