When our dear friend, Australian journalist and broadcaster, Mark Colvin passed away in May this year, his beloved niece decided to run city to surf in his memory to raise funds for the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. Join us as we learn more about her and her journey.
What motivated you to raise funds for the Foundation?
My uncle was so grateful for the care he received at the hospital and he was always eager to support it and its research in any way he could. As you can imagine personally for me it is good to be raising money for the place where Marko received excellent care and which also became a second home to him over the years.
How do you feel now that you’ve completed this challenge?
I feel grateful to everyone who has sponsored my cause. I am looking forward to the unveiling of the commodes and, in particular, to seeing Marco’s inscription become a reality.
What area of the hospital will be benefiting from your fundraising?
The funds I raise will go towards unglamorous things that can make a big difference to the lives of cancer patients at the hospital. First and foremost, this means two good commodes (basically movable loos). The nurses agree that replacements are long overdue. The loos will be inscribed with the message Marko penned himself:
“Enjoy this comfortable crap courtesy of me, Mark Colvin.” – It is only fitting that my uncle’s wonderfully silly sense of humour would be immortalised in such a way.