A team of Canberra locals is on a mighty mission, to take on Australia’s most iconic and gruelling fun run in the name of a serious cause; Dainere’s Rainbow, elevating vital awareness and raising crucial funds for paediatric brain cancer research as they put themselves to the test in the Sydney City2Surf next month.
This year’s City2Surf is quite significant; in the year that Dainere Anthoney should have celebrated her 21st Birthday, City2Surf is on 11th August, which is the same date as the very first City2Surf that she and her brother, Jarrett planned together in 2013; their mission to take action, bring hope and create change for others.
“The race for Jarrett will be challenging, just as the journey is for a child with a brain cancer. I love Jarrett for doing this, he is my hero and I truly hope to still be here to give him a huge hug when he crosses the finish line.” Dainere Anthoney May 2013.
Tragically, Dainere was not able be there to give her big brother that hug when he crossed the finish line, she had her young life cruelly stolen by brain cancer just 48 days before the 2013 City2Surf.
Dainere, in a life too short, a life too fragile, but a life of tremendous influence selflessly and tirelessly advocated for greater awareness in the community about paediatric brain tumours.
Her determination and passion to raise funds for research and to inspire others with her constant message, “…together we can take action, give hope and create change…” knew no bounds and have influenced people from the young to the elderly, from those with many life experiences to those just beginning their journey from all corners of the globe. Dainere’s greatest wish in life was that no children would have to suffer as she did and that one day a cure for paediatric brain tumours would become a reality
Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease yet 90% of Australians are unaware of this. The devastating statistics of this insidious disease have barely changed in over three decades, paediatric brain cancer research receives very little government funding, research funding is reliant on support from the Community and unfortunately, because a child’s brain is still developing treatments can result in more substantial and permanent side effects than they would for an adult.
This year will see the largest team ever competing in this epic event and proudly representing Dainere’s Rainbow: Jarrett Anthoney, Mark Scarborough (Dainere’s Rainbow Ambassador), Nicole Scarborough, Michael Sliwinski, Kat Sliwinski, Shaun Bradby, Mark Smith, Natalie Gray and Emma Harley make up the phenomenal ‘Team Dainere’s Rainbow’, all local Gungahlin Residents.
Some can be considered old hands, whilst others are competing in their first ever City2Surf; together they are putting in the hard training, are creative and dedicated in their fundraising and bringing about a new awareness in the Community.
Jarrett Anthoney (24) for who this will be his seventh City2Surf says about the race:
“What amazes me is the incredible and unique atmosphere of City2Surf, it really is like no other fun run I’ve ever raced in. Even when running up Heartbreak Hill, no matter how tired you feel, the crowds support you and compel you to push through any struggles to get through the finish line.
This atmosphere, combined with the significance of Dainere and I planning for me to compete in it, to elevate awareness and funds in memory of my inspiration, my special hero and my beloved little sister, Dainere makes the City2Surf the most momentous and meaningful fun run I do every year”.
The incredible ‘Team Dainere’s Rainbow’ have an extra special goal this year; to not only honour Dainere’s prolific work, memory and legacy but to dramatically increase awareness of childhood brain cancer within the Community and work towards raising a staggering $21,000 in funds for the year that Dainere should have celebrated her 21st Birthday.
The entire team would be so humbled and grateful for any support because every single dollar given really does make a difference for every single child diagnosed with a brain tumour in Australia.
All proceeds will go to the Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund to support the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and the devoted work of Associate Professor Ziegler and his team at the Kids Cancer Centre which relentlessly seek better outcomes for children diagnosed with brain cancer. Their world class and ground-breaking research includes investigating the biology and genetics of childhood brain tumours, identifying agents that have an anti-tumour effect, and working towards treatment strategies and state-of-the-art clinical trials.