#TeamPhil’ hits City2Surf to help sick children smile

22 Aug 2018
TeamPhil' at the City2Surf

They ran, walked and even danced to raise $18,000 for child therapy services at The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick – and there’s more to come for #TeamPhil’. 

On Sunday 12 August, UNSW’s #TeamPhil’ joined 80,000 other runners and walkers for the world famous City2Surf. 62 staff and student participants from across UNSW ran, walked and danced the 14km route from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach raising money for Phil’. 

Phil' is Australia's largest student-led philanthropy initiative. Its mission is to put the FUN in fundraising while uniting the UNSW community behind a very worthy local cause: Child Life & Music Therapy at The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. Child Life & Music therapists use play and music to help hospitalised babies, kids and teens manage pain, understand medical procedures and make sure they don’t miss out on having a fun childhood.  

On average, #TeamPhil’ runners raised $300 each, with an impressive total of $18,590. Aaron Magner, Director, Safety and Wellbeing, raised over $1,000 individually and ran the course in 60 minutes.  

“Participating in the City2Surf as part of Arc’s #TeamPhil’ and thinking of the generosity and support of friends and work colleagues while running really did inspire me and lift my spirits throughout the run,” said Aaron. 

“Running with an inspiring team of UNSW students and staff and raising money to help sick kids – in the world’s largest fun run – was an awesome experience! I’ll be back next year to do it again.” 

Fourth year Psychology student and Phil’ Coordinator Courtney Cross was thrilled with the event and the overall fundraising effort. “Dancing through City2Surf we have smashed through $90,000 total for the year, and we are well on the way to hitting a record-breaking $100,000! It’s so amazing for a program that has only been around for two-and-a-half years.” 

Phil’ is a new community initiative run by Arc and has already hosted a Charity Concert, Gala Dinner, Bunnings barbecues and raffles so far this year. Their major fundraiser is the 24-hour Fun-A-Thon, where 30 teams from across UNSW will be tackling a new challenge every hour and trying to raise $100,000. Everyone in the UNSW community is invited to attend the Fun-A-Thon closing ceremony on Friday 12 October from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Roundhouse.   

Read more about Phil’ and the Fun-A-Thon at www.arc.unsw.edu.au/phil.