Neil Pennock and the ‘All for Trace team‘ would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all SGLBA members for supporting their fundraising efforts to fund a room in the new Bone Marrow Transplant room at St. Vincent’s Hospital in honour of Neil’s late partner, Trace Richey.
A very special thanks to the SGLBA members Dan Bernstein, Simon Clark and Karim Singh who joined Neil and the All for Trace team and ran the 14 kms from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach on what turned out to be a stunning winters day.
With over 622 teams raising money for 982 different charities it is with a HUGE amount of gratitude we can announce the All for Trace team came in an incredible 5th place on the entire 2017 City2Surf Leaderboard, raising over $72,000 with the event and helping them smash their goal of raising $300,000.
The new Bone Marrow Transplant ward is scheduled to start construction in October and is due for completion by the end of 2018. One of the twenty individual new rooms will be dedicated in Trace’s memory, but each will help thousands of patients having to go through this most confronting of treatments and those going through chemo for many blood cancers and bone marrow disorders. Trace will now have a legacy that continues to help others as he did during his life.
Funding the room in the hospital is only the first step for what the All for Trace team hopes to achieve. In our second step, to show our gratitude for the care Trace received throughout his treatment, we will be raising money to establish a Nursing Scholarship for nurses wanting to achieve a Masters degree in Cancer & Heamatology offered by the University of Sydney.
The third step will see Trace’s initials (TLR) used to set up the ‘TLR Foundation’ which will promote bone marrow donation through education and encouragement. We have a long road ahead of us.
Thanks again to all the SGLBA members who have helped us get this far, your support is greatly appreciated.