At the beginning of last year I got together with Barry Easy OAM and we formed an idea to create a local fun run and walk that would bring together the community that supported the Special Olympics Upper North Shore program. Backed by Barry’s great vision and experience I took up chairing the organising committee and was quickly joined by my son Josh on the committee, looking after event operations. The event is on the 17th March at North Wahroonga – less than 2 weeks to go!

The KURINGGAI CHASE helps raise awareness and much needed funds to continue to:

  • Run our weekly schools program where we encourage and assist children with an intellectual disability to take the first steps to participate and become active in sport.
  • Our weekly sports program that provides the 1 on 1 coaching needed to build confidence and develop the skills for greater independence.
  • Provide pathways for competition or to simply participate in regular sport to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and a feeling of belonging as part of the local community.

Belinda Loves to Run is just one story of the difference the programs make.

The program not only provides great outcomes as described above for our kids, but for young adults like my daughter Kate, it provides an important opportunity to maintain and develop friendships and independence – Kate finished school last year and as well as doing job placements has started working as a volunteer coach for the schools program which is pretty cool. That’s Kate in the picture – on the far left.

I hope you can assist in some way by participating, by sponsoring my family team, the “Sydney Simmo’s” or Liking us on Facebook.

We have used the best possible technology for Not For Profits from Blackbaud for this event in Everyday Hero Peer2Peer fundraising and eTapestry CRM.


To register or find more information please go to

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