The aim of the KURINGGAI CHASE was to create awareness, to build partnerships in the local community, promote healthy activity and to improve the health and quality of life for people with and intellectual disability.
By all measures this was achieved in spades with runners and walkers of all abilities joining our Special Olympics Athletes and their Knox Buddies to demonstrate their love of sport, community and achievement while making lots of friends along the way. A truly feel good event with so many smiles - a day that people just loved being involved in.
Check out your results here.
Check out photos and videos here and here.
Great weather ordered and supplied by the Ku-Ring-Gai Bushfire Brigade, the Transdev Shuttle Bus moved people so well from Turramurra Station, StarsTV & Zoo Boyz providing great entertainment. There are so many people to thank for making this inaugural event such an outstanding success.
Our major partners in every way - Ku-Ring-Gai Financial Services and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches of the Bendigo Bank, the Ku-Ring-Gai Council, Knox Grammar School, Mcconnell Bourn and SAS Institute.
Then to so many amazing supporters in the Ku-Ring-Gai Bushfire Brigade, Transdev, Veolia, Coates Hire, Pymble Office Supplies, Cactus Imaging, Action Sound, Who Dares, the Lions Club of Epping-Eastwood, Eastern Road Quality Meats, the 2nd Turramurra Scouts Group, St John’s Ambulance, ZohoProjects, Everyday Hero, Blackbaud, April5, Young Wisdom and the Mens Shed.
To our outstanding committee - you rock! Barry Easy (who's idea and inspiration created this event), Geraldine Heuston, Sarah Heywood, Joshua Simmons, Alicia Beachley, Paul Knight, John Diamond, Shahe Momdjian, Juliana Andric and Enoch Li.
How good were all our fabulous volunteers - you were awesome!
And finally the Special Olympics Athlete's Oath - said so well by our Athlete Leader Shaun Bender:
"Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt"
See you at the 2014 KURINGGAI CHASE - keep in touch by following us on Facebook!
Special Olympics Upper North Shore
Special Olympics Upper North Shore makes a positive impact on the quality of life of over 600 children and adults with an intellectual disability every year.
Our schools program helps over 350 children and their parents to take that first step of participation through a professionally delivered gross motor skills program.
Our sports program starts with 1-on-1-support building to full competition – over 220 athletes at 40 venues in 11 sports across the North Shore.
Where we can we offset the costs of our althletes and volunteer support team members travelling to regional, state, national and world competions.
We help develop leaders and role models through our Athlete Leadership Program.
None of this is possible without financial support – thanks so much on behalf of our special athletes for making a difference.