Neuroblastoma Awareness Day aims to raise the public's awareness of an aggressive childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, which claims the lives of more children under five than any other type of cancer. The day falls on Saturday February 2, a date chosen because February is the Australian Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the average age of diagnosis is two years old.
To mark the day and help raise funds for Children's Cancer Institute Australia and their research into neuroblastoma, Neuroblastoma Australia will be hosting a frangipani-themed Family Fun Day at Sydney Park in St Peters, with activities starting at 9.30am. There will be face-painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a jumping castle, cake decorating, roving entertainers, craft, food stalls and more. Entry to the event is free.
Money will be raised through a series of fun runs. They include a five kilometre run at 7.00am, which costs $30.00, a ten kilometre run at 8.00am, costing $40.00, and a fun, one kilometre 'Tot 2 Tot' walk for children under five (to be completed with siblings and parents) at 9.30am. Prams and push bikes are welcome for this event, and you may event want to dress up. This walk is free for kids under five, but any accompanying parents and siblings will be required to pay $10.00.
If you would like to participate in any of the day's runs, you can register here until 9.00 on Wednesday January (if you miss this date you can still register on the day however). If you're one of the first 222 to register, you will also be in the running to win a week's accommodation in Fiji!