Run Wollongong: It's not too late to register

Join the fun: Wollongong Hospital children's ward nurses Kate Atkinson, Alicia McQuade and Natalie Atkins in training for Sunday's fourth annual Run Wollongong. Picture: Robert Peet

Join the fun: Wollongong Hospital children's ward nurses Kate Atkinson, Alicia McQuade and Natalie Atkins in training for Sunday's fourth annual Run Wollongong. Picture: Robert Peet

A state-of-the-art children’s ward at Wollongong Hospital will be quite a few steps closer after Run Wollongong on Sunday.

Now in its fourth year the event, organised by Cotton On Group, is on track to raise $150,000 for the redevelopment of the ward in 2016.

Hospital head of paediatrics, Dr Susie Piper, said concept plans had now been drawn up, with construction set to start next year.

‘’In its first couple of years the proceeds from Run Wollongong went to the Porter Street child development unit, and to start the planning process for the children’s ward,’’ she said.

‘’Now we’re well on our way to getting a fantastic new ward which will include a new playroom, improved parent facilities and a paediatric outpatient clinic.’’

More than 3000 people took part in the 2015 event and Dr Piper encouraged the community to join her at this year’s run which kicks off at Lang Park at 7.30am, with a festival at the finish precinct.

There’s still time to register online or on event day. Visit www.runaustralia.com.au/run-wollongong

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