In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Tynan Motors and in support of Medical research Tynan Motors are giving back to the community bigger than ever by raising half a million dollars for the St George Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF).
The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge commemorates the life of a very special man, Michael Tynan who passed away in February after a 2-year fight with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Michael Tynan was a not only businessman but a community leader who was a major supporter and generous benefactor of the SSMRF.
The SSMRF is an independent charity that supports medical research in Southern Sydney. Many lives are saved and improved through medical research, and research at the SSMRF in St George and Sutherland Hospitals will impact your family, your organization, our community, our country and even worldwide.
Chloe Palmer-Simpson was just 18 years old when she was caught in a car accident that left her fighting for her life. But it was a fight worth taking on, thanks to the expertise of medical staff at St. George Hospital and their cutting edge research developed by the SSMRF. They not only saved her life, but she was given a second chance at living without extreme limitations that would have been her reality had medical research not intervened.
There are many touching stories like Chloe’s where medical research has helped numerous lives. The SSMRF is currently working on projects involving brain trauma from strokes and any head related accidents, allergies, inflammation and skin diseases as well as aging diseases such as arthritis, lung and heart disease.
The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge is a huge support for the SSMRF that is helping to make a difference.
The challenge will be held over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of October and involves walking 100 kilometers from Wollongong to St George, via the Sutherland Shire and help raise AUD5, 000 (per person or team). And, if walking is not really your thing, you can choose instead to participate in a car rally or paddle from Wollongong to Sutherland Shire, or simply spread the news and cheer.
The walking challenge begins at 6am at the University of Wollongong, but walkers won’t have to climb the escarpment. Instead we will be driven by bus to the starting point on Lady Wakehurst Drive at Otford where we will pick up the scenic coastal walk, a 27 kilometre hike to Bundeena where we will meet up with the paddlers and catch the ferry to Cronulla.
The walk will be limited to 100 people and would include high profile footballers from the Cronulla Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons, and members of Parliament including Cronulla MP Mark Speakman and Cook MP Scott Morrison. Footballers from the Cronulla Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons will be putting together walking teams, which the community is invited to sponsor.
For the paddling challenge the Cronulla Outrigging canoe club will put a group of paddlers together from various clubs to participate in a recreational event from Wollongong to Bundeena. The Club is a Sydney based club situated on the coastal waters of the Port Hacking River and the team prides themselves on being a quality club, welcoming all fitness abilities.
Lastly, there is the Michael Tynan Memorial Driving Observation Challenge that will be leaving from the University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus at 12pm. Those who take on this challenge are given instructions, very much like a board game, that will explain the route the cars will follow. You never know where you are going until you get there.
On Saturday the 22nd of October from 6.30pm, the walkers, paddlers and drivers will be celebrating the completion of the first sector of the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge in a carnival affair style Open Air Movie Night at Southern Districts. This event is open to the whole community and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come down and get involved, it is surely a night not to be missed!
The next day the walkers will meet at Shark Park and hike to St George Leagues Club via Tynan Motors dealerships at Sutherland and Kirrawee.
With the support of many prominent institutions - including the University of Wollongong, St George Leagues and Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, the Illawarra Mercury and The Leader, Optus, St George Bank, Tradies, Westfield Miranda, Sharkies and Masterton Homes this ambitious challenge has been made possible.
If you would like to be part of the journey click here - http://www.michaeltynanchallenge.com