Notre Dame wins gold for largest team in community run

Student Connect Officer, Abe van Hatch; Manager Social Investment at Woodside Energy, Jo Ferrie; and Notre Dame student, Joy Tseng, at the HBF Run for a Reason..

26 June 2014

The University of Notre Dame Australia has won the 'Largest University Team' award as part of the Woodside Team Challenge at the 2014 HBF Run for a Reason in May.

Forty-seven participants from the Fremantle Campus formed a strong team which competed in the 12km event through the heart of the Perth CBD to raise funds for Western Australian charities.

"I can imagine there were 47 different reasons why people participated, but in general, they competed because they knew of someone who had been struck with illness, mainly cancer," Student Services Officer, Kelly Daniels, said.

"Participants also competed because they wanted to challenge themselves physically and mentally in bringing about a healthier lifestyle to complement their academic success to date."

In winning the category, the University received a $1000 grant from Woodside Energy to donate to a charity of its choice – St Vincent de Paul.

Deputy Director, Admissions and Student Services in Fremantle, David McLean, says being involved in community events not only promotes a healthy lifestyle for students, but also provides them with an opportunity to contribute meaningfully for a personal and public cause.

"Winning the 'Largest University Team' award is testament to the great work Notre Dame students do in the community. Through our Notre Dame Volunteer Network, students provide wonderful support for those in need in the community at institutions such as St Vincent de Paul and the St Patrick's Community Support Centre in Fremantle," Mr McLean said.

Through the Notre Dame Volunteer Network, students have the opportunity to donate their time to improve the lives of others in the community. There are ongoing volunteer opportunities with sporting clubs, educational centres and not-for-profit groups, as well as local charities.

"The atmosphere surrounding these events, and the sense of achievement that goes with participating in them, is a fantastic way for students and staff to improve their general health and well being and contribute to a valuable cause," Mr McLean said.

The HBF Run for a Reason raised more than $1.4 million for the Cancer Council WA, Lifeline WA, Diabetes WA and the Heart Foundation WA.

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