When a colleague asks you to run a 44km marathon, it’s an offer that’s fairly easy to refuse.
Unless you’re challenged in front of members of the Chemmart Board – and you’re Chemmart’s executive director.
That’s how Duncan Phillips and Clare Chemmart owner and board member Tim Siv came to run the Great Ocean Road Marathon on May 15, raising over $5000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia along the way.
Starting in Lorne and finishing at Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is recognised as one of the world’s most visually spectacular marathons.
Phillips says the event was an opportunity to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and raise much needed funds to support the vital work being done by OCA.
“Tim challenged me to join him in running the Great Ocean Road Marathon, promising to participate in this year’s Melbourne Marathon in return. He has been fundraising for OCA for seven years – for as long as he’s been part of the Chemmart group,” Phillips says.
“All our Chemmart members have been tirelessly supporting our key charity partner through various pursuits for over 10 years, so it’s only fair that I get involved where I can.
“It was a tough slog – both physically and mentally – along undulating and sometimes very steep roads, but a small price to pay for the opportunity to give back. The fact that we were running for such a great cause was fantastic motivation.”
Chemmart and OCA enjoy a long-standing partnership, with Chemmart raising more than $1 million for the charity since 2005.
“Chemmart’s commitment to Ovarian Cancer Australia’s work and values has been outstanding,” says Jane Hill, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia.
“The partnership with Chemmart enables us to provide much-needed support to women living with ovarian cancer, their families and friends, and supports our awareness, advocacy and research programs.
“Rest assured all of us at OCA were cheering on Duncan and Tim from the sidelines!”
Duncan and Tim were joined on the Chemmart team by Clare locals Daniel and Ryan Schell.
If you would like to add to the Chemmart team’s fundraising total, go here.