Lacing up for a cause: WomenCan's city2surf team support ANZGOG’s research

22 Aug 2023

On Sunday 13 August, the Gynae Oncology Westmead team of runners hit the streets of Syndey for the City2Surf fun run.

Bringing together 70,000 people from all walks of life, the 14km City2Surf course winds it’s way from Sydney CBD to the iconic Bondi Beach.

Getting a taste for the City2Surf in 2022, ANZGOG member, Dr Marilyn Boo – a Gynae Oncology Fellow at Westmead Hospital decided to take it up a notch and set about recruiting her colleagues to run this year's event, while raising funds to support ANZGOG’s gynaecological cancer research.

“I ran my first City2Surf last year and absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is buzzing and the energy is exhilarating. Working in gynae-oncology, I believe supporting ANZGOG’s research is extremely important and I can do so in a big way this year by fundraising for WomenCan through City2Surf” said Marilyn.

Marilyn’s hard work paid off - recruiting 16 members to the Gynae Oncology Westmead team, including ANZGOG members Professor Alison Brand AM, Dr Michale Burling, Dr Unine Herbst, bio-bank manager Catherine Kennedy and clinical trials coordinator Kylie Fell, along with other medical professionals and friends who all rose to the challenge.

Set with an initial target of raising $1000, the Gynae Oncology Westmead team surpassed this by race day, raising a whopping $11,600 for ANZGOG’s research.

“On behalf of the Gynae Oncology Westmead team, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the generous donations we have received” said Marilyn “We have well and truly smashed our target (it was initially only set at $1000!). These donations play such a vital role in supporting ANZGOG’s gynaecological cancer research, a cause close to all our hearts. Thank you to all our donors for being a part of this journey with us. We have all had so much fun running 14km and celebrated with a beer and bacon and egg roll at the finish line!”

Thank you to all who supported the Gynae Oncology Westmead team’s fundraising for ANZGOG.

 Your contribution to this tally will go towards enabling ANZGOG’s brightest clinicians and researchers to explore innovative ideas, foster collaborations and push the boundaries of medical knowledge that will benefit generations of women now and into the future. A perfect example of this donor-researcher collaboration is ANZGOG’s Fund for New Research Grant program.


For further information on how you can support ANZGOG’s vital research CLICK HERE