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Finley Lake fun run in support of River’s Gift

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June 14, 2017

Special journey: Cobram's Adrian Hayward is raising money for River's Gift, a foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by tackling an Ironman race. He's pictured with River's Gift mascot, Hope the Elephant.

Finley Public School students will put their fitness to the test to raise money for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome this Friday.

The school is hosting a fun run to support Cobram man Adrian Hayward who is raising money and awareness for River’s Gift — an organisation which provides the largest source of non-government funding for SIDS research in Australia.

My Hayward competed in the Cairns Ironman Pacific Championships on Sunday in memory of a child lost to SIDS.

His inspiration was the loss his friends suffered in 2016 when they lost their son to the syndrome.

Finley Public School’s Fun Run to Stamp Out SIDS was inspired by Mr Hayward’s athletic efforts, and will be held at Finley Lake from 1.30pm this Friday.

The younger students will complete one lap of the lake, about 2km, while students aged Year 3 and up will complete two laps.

All donations for those taking part will be donated to River’s Gift.

It will be the second fundraiser for the cause hosted by the school, with a footy colours day in March raising more than $160.

Mr Hayward’s fundraising total was yesterday at $15,865, and his goal is to reach $20,000. He completed Sunday’s Cairns Ironman in just over 12 hours (the 3.9km swim in one hour and 20 minutes; 180km bike ride just under six hours; the 42.2km run in four hours and 35 minutes).

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