A mile in their shoes: walk to give local children a better start in life


This month, nine organisations from Macquarie Park will raise money for early literacy programs in the local district by participating in Australia’s first business-community walkathon.

The event is part of a larger initiative – the Macquarie Park Business Community Partnership – founded with social purpose organisation United Way Australia.

The first of its kind, the partnership brings leading businesses together to support local children and youth facing disadvantage in neighbourhoods surrounding Macquarie Park.

The fundraising walkathon will be held on Thursday 24 August from 12pm-3pm and is open to all employees from the nine participating organisations.

“This is a great opportunity to support a local cause, engage with your colleagues and get to know the local area,” commented Margaret Hudson, Director Corporate Engagement.

Carol Bryant, Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie University Hospital echoed this sentiment as well as her excitement for the day.

“We have really enjoyed working with our neighbourhood organisations on developing this unique initiative,” she said.

‘It will be a great day, full of fun activities, as well as some healthy competition between teams and organisations.”

The nine participating organisations include: Johnson & Johnson Medical, Fuji Xerox Australia, Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie University, ORIX, OPTUS, Pitney Bowes, Macquarie Telecom, and Danone.

Macquarie Business Park Walkathon

Date: Thursday 24th August

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Location (start and end): Johnson & Johnson Medical lawn, 1-5 Khartoum Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Distance: The course is a 7km walk around Macquarie Business Park. As a team, the Macquarie University Hospital will be competing against the other participants. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and footwear. You will be provided with a bib.

Register: The cost to participate in the walkathon is $10. All you need to do is register here. You need to register by 23 August. Please check with your manager if you need time off to participate prior to registering.

Volunteers: We are also looking for volunteers (at guiding stations, set up and wrap up of the site, cheering your colleagues on), Please click here to register your interest.

Raffle: Finally, there will be a raffle drawn on the day and there are some fantastic prizes to be won (premium rental car for the weekend, Fitbit, Apple watch, IPhone 7) it’s only $5 a pop. We will have a stand at the Hospital before the walkathon to sell tickets.

Questions: Please contact the MUH Marketing Department on 9812 3167.

Goal: Fundraise to help 200 children in the local community read, learn and succeed.






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