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Fantastic Results From Our Bowral Classic Charity Heroes!

October 30th, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to our Charity Heroes!

This year’s Bowral Classic was held over the weekend, Sunday 22, October 2017 in the beautiful Southern Highlands, NSW.

Our inspirational charity heroes that participated this year and fund-raised are, Dr Philip Lee, Michael Fawke and David O’Connell. Thank you for your extraordinary achievement and for helping us support the delivery of medical research & patient care for Western Sydney and beyond!

Dr Philip Lee (retired)

Dr Philip Lee before starting his 160km ride

“Successfully completed the 160 Kms just under 6 hours. Exhausted but very satisfied” – Dr Philip Lee

Michael Fawke

Why did you join the Bowral Classic?

“I joined the Bowral Classic because it’s the one event where I’m just competing against myself.  I enter occasional competitive events, and I do two “away” events a year with friends – but this event is my personal challenge. “

“This is Harry, he’s an identical twin, he and his brother (Ryan) were born at Canberra Hospital at 28w/3d.  Ryan, the lucky bugger, was born frank breach and came out completely unscathed – but Harry had a Grade 4 brain hemorrhage.  He has slight cerebral palsy, a very dodgy eye, and two years ago he spent four days in Westmead Children’s hospital having his hydrocephalus investigated.  He and his twin have been involved in every research study they were eligible for, as we understand the value of scientific research and the debt we owe (as a family) to medical research.  So when I looked through the list of charities we could select from – the choice was obvious.” – Michael stated.



Michael shared his Bowral experience:

I went “OK”, the plan was to ride conservatively, as I have an injured hamstring and couldn’t afford to make a real effort.  Surprisingly, I was seven minutes quicker that last year… And there’s always next year.   A good 10.5 hours of sleep at the end of the day before the obligatory “recovery ride” to get some coffee, then drove back to Canberra […]

Michael also provided some awesome photos from the day before and after the event, visit our  Instagram account!


For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or via email.

    WMRF Heart

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Events 2017

Run or Ride for Medical Research – June 28th, 2017

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