Stepping up to good cause

Byrneside resident Bryan Kennedy is gearing up to tackle the MCG’s 7343 steps next month to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

June 20, 2014 3:25am

Tatura residents taking part in the Stadium stomp challenge in Melbourne were Lisa Denham, Bryan Kennedy, Briella Denham, 3, and Glenn Denham.

Alongside Mr Kennedy, 43, will be 10 of his personal training clients including Lisa and Glenn Denham.

Mr Kennedy said he jumped at the chance to take part in a fitness challenge that raised money for a good cause.

He said his daughter spent months in and out of the hospital after contracting a shoulder infection.

‘‘My daughter has spent a few months at the hospital for an operation on her arm, first to stop it growing, then to get it lengthened,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve been really good and I thought it would be a good cause to put our money towards.’’

Lisa Denham, 36, said the group’s chosen fundraising target held special significance to her.

‘‘I had a son in the Royal Children’s Hospital for 13 months and he died from cancer,’’ she said.

‘‘I donate there as much as I can so hopefully our fundraising will be good for them.’’

She said she also wanted to test her fitness limits.

‘‘It was Bryan’s idea, ‘It’ll be a lot of fun’ he said,’’ Mrs Denham said.

‘‘I just want to be able to say I did it, I might die along the way, but I’ll do it.’’

She said the team of 10 hoped to raise $400 for the hospital.

‘‘We’ve raised $200 so far through sponsorship,’’ she said.

‘‘I put a post up on the Shepp Mums (Buy Swap and Sell) Facebook page and we received heaps of donations from that.’’

Mr Denham, 48, said it was a challenge he could tick off his to-do list before turning 50.

‘‘Having kids, I don’t really do anything for fitness, I sit at home and do what the kids do but with my eyes,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s good to get out at this age and realise muscles still work — I’m fitter than what I was at 30.’’

He said the team hoped to ramp up their fundraising efforts before the July 6 event.

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