Are you running the City2Surf 2017? Will you run for Trace?

The All for Trace team is hoping to recruit some SGLBA members to join them at this year’s City2Surf and help raise money for St. Vincent’s Hospitals new Bone Marrow Transplant ward. Neil will be at Fruits in Suits this Thursday.

We are a group of 50 people who are NOT runners and are NOT trying to break any records but simply looking forward to raising some money and crossing the finish line so they can celebrate their efforts in their dedicated marquee with a few adult beverages, away from the crowds.

The goal is to raise $300,000 which will fund a single room in the new ward in memory of Trace Richey. The All for Trace team have so far raised $255,000 through a combination of events which have included a head shave, a skydive and a rather fabulous rooftop wine tasting event but we are on the home stretch. With less than $45,000 to go they are hoping get a few more people to join them and help with this very worthy cause.

To join our fundraising group click the button below and click on the brown ‘Join Team’ button under the video. Create your fundraising page by uploading a photo and you are ready to start raising money.

Separately you will also need to register on the City2Surf website, Step 2 below. Search for ‘All for Trace’ at the team prompt.  The majority of the team has signed up to the Yellow group as we are walking. St. Vincent’s is not listed as a preferred charity so click through to the end where they take your $77 joining fee.

About Trace

Trace spent his entire life as a professional fundraiser working across a number of organisation including The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Mission Australia, and served on the board of the Aids Trust of Australia.  

He was diagnosed with a blood disorder called MDS in 2013 and after several rounds of chemo it was decided that a bone marrow transplant was his only option. In February of 2015 after a suitable donor was found Trace checked into St. Vincent’s public hospital.  The care he received by all the staff was nothing short of amazing, providing love and dignity in really difficult circumstances.

Trace Richie

Trace Richie

Trace Riche (L) Neil Pennock (R)

Trace Riche (L) Neil Pennock (R)

Trace Richie (L) Neil Pennock (R)

Trace Richie (L) Neil Pennock (R)

Trace Richie (L) Neil Pennock (R)

Trace Richie (L) Neil Pennock (R)

The strength courage and courage Trace showed was truly inspiring and he continued to put smiles on the faces of the doctors and nurses while he battled for his life, but sadly 44 days after his transplant Trace took his final breath.

His former partner Neil was by his side until the very end and was so inspired by the courage and strength Trace showed throughout this time that when he learned the hospital was needing to raise $5.5 million to completely update the ward to be a state of the art facility he wanted one of the rooms dedicated to him. Trace would be so proud to know his legacy is going to help thousands of future patients.

Join us now by clicking the link below to donate.

Watch more about the All for Trace team and Neil’s efforts.

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