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Marathon fundraiser and family off to New York

Sarah Beck is taking her family to New York after she won a trip for being the second highest fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in October's Melbourne Marathon.

IVY WISE December 12, 2013 4:34am

Marathon: Sarah Beck (left) is congratulated by her parents Carmel and Craig, brother Steven and sister Michelle after completing the Melbourne Marathon in October.

Sarah Beck has told her Echuca family to have their passports ready after she won a trip to New York for being the second highest fundraiser in the Melbourne Marathon.

The former resident raised $17,000 to help children and their families at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre.

The prize includes flights and entry to the New York Marathon in November next year.

‘‘I can’t wait. I’ve told my family to get their passports ready,’’ she said.

‘‘The New York Marathon will be a sightseeing run I think.’’

Sarah, 25, took on her first marathon in October because of her brother Steven, 22, who has has cerebral palsy.

She completed the 42.2km challenge in a time of 3:41:54, achieving her goal of under four hours.

‘‘The vibe on the day was amazing and I had a great support crew/cheer squad and lots of family and friends and my number one fan, Steven,’’ she said.

‘‘The support and motivation during the race from strangers on the side of the road blew me away.’’

Sarah started raising money in August, with $10,000 raised from her workplace at Cape Lambert, Western Australia, through charity fundraising events and donation tins, as well as online donations from family and friends.

‘‘I never expected to raise such a massive amount, but I’m stoked to know that I have helped improve the quality of life for special children with cerebral palsy,’’ she said.

‘‘I am honoured to be supporting the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in helping families like mine with fundraising and education.’’

Cerebral Palsy Education Centre spokesperson Robyne Somerville said the centre relied on people like Sarah to help it keep going.

‘‘The 110 families who attend CPEC are very grateful for her and her family’s support as part of this year’s Melbourne Marathon,’’ she said.

‘‘Sarah visited our centre with her mother and her sister and has been very proactive in learning about the programs and what is happening.

‘‘She is an enthusiastic fundraiser as she has a direct comparison of what life is like without essential therapy and services.’’

Ms Somerville said the amount Sarah raised would go directly to sponsor the centre’s babies group program next year.

‘‘We have five new babies and their families starting in 2014 and this is a very intensive program as each child requires two therapists to work with them initially, one to work with the child and one to work with the parent to teach the parent the programs to ensure that they can continue to do them daily at home,’’ she said.

‘‘Without people like Sarah, we would not be able to continue to provide our services.’’

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