18 May 2018

ABS' annual fun run and walk to raise funds for the Cancer Council ACT

| Lachlan Roberts
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ABS Fun Run had more than 200 participants last year. Photo: Supplied by ABS.

Staff from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the ACT community will run and walk to raise vital money for the Cancer Council ACT this afternoon (Friday 18 May).

Sponsored by Club Lime and Club Pink, around 200 people are expected to take part in the annual ABS Park Run with ABS General Manager Samantha Palmer among those being active during her lunch break to raise much-needed money for cancer research.

The fun run and walk involves either a 7km run or 5km walk from John Knight Memorial Park, with a warm-up led by Club Lime mascot ‘Gymmy’.

Ms Palmer said she was proud to be able to assist in Cancer Council ACT’s important research.

“The most recent ABS data shows that cancers accounted for almost 30 per cent of deaths in Australia in 2016,” Ms Palmer said.

“It is a disease that has affected many people, either directly or indirectly.

“This makes the work of organisations such as Cancer Council ACT so important. We are proud to be able to assist their research with this fun run and walk that also helps the wellbeing of our team, too.”

The Chief Executive of Cancer Council ACT, Sandra Turner, is encouraging anyone with free time during their lunch break today to come down and support the event.

“Last year the ABS and all those who took part raised more than $5,000 to support our research,” she said.

“This helps us in our work for and with the ACT community. I encourage anyone with some free time on Friday to head down to John Knight Memorial Park for the start at 12:30 pm.”

Best dressed pink and green outfits on the run will receive a 12 month Club Lime silver membership, as well as top finishers.

Money will be raised through entry fees of between $5-$10 and also a staff raffle.

What: ABS Fun Run and Walk for Cancer Council of the ACT
When: Warm-up with ‘Gymmy’ from 12 pm; race and walk underway at 12:30 pm, Friday, 18 May 2018
Where: John Knight Park, Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen

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