Pictured above: Some of the Australian Rotary Health Legends with Rotary and Rotaract supporters at the finish of 2018 event.

The Sydney City2Surf has been the world’s largest timed fun-run since its first running in 1971 and Rotary and Rotarians have always been associated with the event.

The second Sunday in August is City2Surf day and Sydney shuts down to for this spectacular event. If you haven’t done it before, make sure you sign up for the 50th one in 2020. It will be a massive celebration and we want to make this a big one for Rotary in the lead up to Rotary 100 celebrations in 2021.

City2Surf legends
The City2Surf Legends wearing the yellow Australian Rotary Health team shirts. (That’s me in the centre front.)

This year I’ll be running my 49th City2Surf and (hopefully) raising funds for Australian Rotary Health. I’m late to the party but it would be great to get a few donations on my fundraising page here. I’ve cheekily set my target at $5000, so every bit helps.

It is a big year for two of our Rotarians. DG Dianne North of District 9675 (Rotary Club of West Wollongong) will run her 30th City2Surf and Rotarian Roger French of Rotary Club of Wallacia-Mulgoa (also d9675) will run his 45th.

DG Dianne North

Dianne took up City2Surf as a challenge after having her leg amputated and this year she has encouraged 15 Rotarians from her district to join her City2Surf team and help raise money for Australian Rotary Health.

After hearing Dianne’s story, it’s hard to come up with a plausible excuse not to do the 14km from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach next year! (Her successful fundraising page is here.)

It isn’t a race unless you want to make it a race. By no means the fastest DG, Dianne expects to walk the route in around two hours.

PDG Garry Browne finishing in 2017

Possibly the fastest District Governor was PDG Gary Browne who ran it in a very respectable 58:07 in the 50-59 age category in 2017.

Another Rotarian who is putting in a great effort for Australian Rotary Health is Keith Henning of Rotary Club of Parramatta City.

Keith is raising money to fund an Indigenous Health Scholarship for a year and he will match any amount of money given on his fundraising page here.

An Indigenous Heath Scholarship supports a student to undertake training in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, dentistry and other health-related degrees at university.

If you can’t enter, please cheer us on by sponsoring us at any of the links above. All of us are raising money for projects managed by Australian Rotary Health.

Visit this page to meet the 27 Australian Rotary Health City2Surf Legends