Suncorp Bank’s Fundraising Initiative

Suncorp Bank encourages all participants to runPositive and make a difference for charities at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

Suncorp Bank is committed to helping great causes - that is why we are encouraging all participants to fundraise.

No matter what event you compete in, everyone has the chance to be rewarded and make a difference to their nominated charity. Suncorp Bank is proud to sponsor the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival and actively supports runners and event fundraisers. For 10 weeks in the lead up to this year's Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, Suncorp Bank will be giving away weekly donations of $300 to support the Weekly Fundraiser Winners' Charity of choice. Winners will be drawn at random each week from the event's Fundraising partner, GoFundraise. The first draw will take place on Friday 11th July 2014

For more information on Suncorp Bank's fundraising incentive, check out the T&C's here.

In just minutes you can build your own fundraising page with GoFundraise, and then simply email your friends and family for a donation with the unique link to your fundraising page. Each donation is recorded on your page along with any messages of support.

Suncorp Bank will also be donating $2000 to the highest Individual fundraiser of the 2014 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.  Terms and Conditions are available here.

Week 1 Winner - 11 July 2014

Name: Georgia Lethbridge
Charity: RACS (Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia Inc)
Fundraising: Run RACS Run
Amount Raised: $200
Reason for Fundraising: The reason that I'm running in the Blackmores Half Marathon on behalf of RACS is because I strongly believe in the work they're doing with asylum seekers and I thought it was a fun way I could help out a little.  

Week 2 Winner - 18 July 2014

Name: Melanie Cliffe
Charity: National Breast Cancer Foundation
Fundraising: Mel Is On The Run
Amount Raised: $450
Reason for Fundraising: My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she lives on the other side of the world in Germany. Running  for the National Breast Cancer Foundation was a way I can make a difference to my mum whilst being so far away. It wasn’t until my mum with diagnosed that I realised how strong she was, so I’m running for her.

Week 3 Winner - 25 July 2014

Name: Maiann Nguyen
Charity: Asthma Foundation NSW
Fundraising: Running For Asthma Foundation
Amount Raised: $210
Reason for Fundraising: The reason I chose the Asthma Foundation was because I suffered Asthma for as long as I can remember growing up as a child, and now that I'm older and in a position to give back to my community, I want to support the foundation for today's Asthma sufferers :)

Week 4 Winner - 1 August 2014

Name: Michael Streatfeild
Charity: Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF)
Fundraising: Godzilla Run
Amount Raised: $120
Reason for Fundraising: “Many people around me have been touched by cancer, not the least my father from lung cancer in 1988 and my mother who succumbed to bowel cancer in 2011. The Cancer Research Foundation was one of her favourite charities to whom she devoted some of her time, effort and money. I am entering the Blackmore's 9km Bridge Run in team "Run GODZILLA!" on the 21st September, 2014 so I want to make the effort more worthwhile. I have even more motivation with the recent news of my back-up mother, Norma Jackson and family friend Emmy Johnston being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Great advances in the fight against cancer have been made recently but there is still more work to be done”.

Week 5 Winner - 8 August 2014

Name: Gary Au-Yeung
Charity: Shake It Up Australia Foundation
Fundraising: Run For Dad
Amount Raised: $223
Reason for Fundraising: I'm taking part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2014 and hoping to raise much needed funds for the Shake It Up foundation to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. I write this as my father, who has suffered from the disease for over a decade, is entering the last stages of this horrible disease. So what little I can do, I will do.. and this year I will again be doing the half marathon for dad (and to prove that last year was no fluke!)

Week 6 Winner - 15 August 2014

Name: Greg Carruthers-Smith

Charity: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead 
Fundraising: Marathon Madness
Amount Raised: $550
Reason for Fundraising: "I'm raising money for the Children's Hospital at Westmead because my little niece was recently a patient there."

Week 7 Winner - 22 August 2014

Name: Megan Thomas

Charity: Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Fundraising: Megan Thomas
Amount Raised: $103
Reason for Fundraising: "My charity is Aspects and my children and I have supported them for 3 years now by doing the blackmores family fun run. I choose Aspects as they were our saviours for help, support and resources when my son was diagnosed with Autism in 2008. By supporting them I hope they are able to continue helping children and their families affected by Autism."

Week 8 Winner - 29 August 2014

Name: John Roberts 
Charity: Breast Cancer Network Australia
Fundraising: Run Johnny Run
Amount Raised: $2124
Reason for Fundraising: "On Sunday the 21st of September I'm taking part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2014 which is a full marathon, 42km. I thought if I'm stupid enough to attempt to run this distance I should raise some money for a foundation that has some personal meaning to me. My beautiful mother Therese Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she was operated on 3 times and went through a lengthy chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I can very proudly say my Mum is still here with us 10 years on, fighting fit and cancer free. Although the experience of cancer in the family came along with its many struggles, my mother fought extremely hard to be where she is today. I am very blessed to have experienced a success story with cancer; unfortunately some of my close friends and family have not been as fortunate as we have."

Week 9 Winner - 05 September 2014

Name: Talei Mangioni 
Charity: Cancer Council NSW
Fundraising: Fundraising Page
Amount Raised: $298

Week 10 Winner - 12 September 2014

Name: Jack Bunting
Charity: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Fundraising: Fundraising Page
Amount Raised: $329

Week 11 Winner - 19 September 2014

Name: Ryan Morrison
Charity: HCU (Homocystinuria) Network Australia Inc.
Fundraising: Fundraising Page
Team Page:  Fundraising Page
Amount Raised: $17 228 (as an individual)
Reason for Fundraising: “In 2013, after dealing with the emotional pain of our daughter being diagnosed with childhood cancer some years earlier, our eldest son was diagnosed with a progressive degenerative rare disease known as Homocystinuria (HCU).  Some weeks later it was confirmed that our younger son was also affected by the disease but had not as yet started showing symptoms.  As founders of the HCU Network Australia our passion is to facilitate a national network of HCU patients and parent carers to raise awareness, provide support and foremost to raise funds to further clinical research into better treatments and a cure for HCU.”