ANZ staff walk for Finnan's Gift
October 17 2012, 9:41 am

On Friday 7 September 2012, members of staff from ANZ walked from The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) to their ANZ Mulgrave office and raised over $11,600 for Finnan’s Gift.

46 people were involved in one way or another with 37 walkers on the day and seven support crew members. The idea was a collective suggestion by those who had completed the walk last year.

Alinta Tait is from ANZ - she tells us about the experience: “There is no more worthy cause than the health of our children. With one in every 100 babies diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD), we feel this is an area that requires constant support and attention.

"Our funds raised last year supported ‘Finnan’s Gift’ in purchasing an echocardiography scanner for the RCH Cardiology Department, and we are proud to again be supporting ‘Finnan’s Gift’, this time to raise money for the RCH perfusion team.”

The walk was approximately 28km and took the walkers between 4 and 7 hours to complete.

Alinta says: “We only paused to have a drink or snack provided by our wonderful support crew who drove along side us from start to finish!

"Surprisingly, I don't think it was as physically challenging as many expected - That being said we had some very sore muscles and prize winning blisters the next day! The walk required mental endurance to complete the duration, however it only took the participants to think of all the ill and struggling children to find a little more spring in their steps."

So would they recommend this experience?

“Absolutely! It is challenging and fun, but most importantly, empowering to support such an amazing cause. It is a truly wonderful feeling to know you have been a part of raising funds which will go towards improving children's lives. The RCH needs every support available to facilitate research (prevention and cure), care and treatment of our children.”

Find out more about Finnan’s Gift and Perfusion here.

Big thanks to ANZ for supporting Finnan's Gft, the Foundation, the RCH perfusion team, and most importantly, the children.