GOLD COAST (June 27, 2016) — Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s giant Gold Coast Airport Marathon team of 66 people will this year be running the event as one team to raise much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action Australia.
Members of the team today came together for a group training session before the big race, each bearing one of the teddies Epilepsy Action Australia gives to young children touched by epilepsy as part of the Ted-E-Bear Connection.
The Wyndham team hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause through its philanthropic program, Wishes by Wyndham.
It is estimated that 3.5% of Australians will experience epilepsy during their lives and that 250,000 Australians are currently living with epilepsy, including 58,000 Australians under the age of 19.
Epilepsy Action Australia aims to assist these children and teenagers – and their families – through educational and support-based services. Each family is enrolled into the Ted-E-Bear Connection, where they are offered support and can connect with each other.
The organisation needs more than $7 million a year to provide its current level of services.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Senior Vice President Human Resources Bruce Harkness said Wyndham staff across the country and beyond are getting behind the Gold Coast Marathon team.
“While our runners are predominantly based on the Gold Coast, they work closely with staff at our properties all across the South Pacific, and these staff have provided strong financial support to the cause,” Mr Harkness said.
“Our Wishes by Wyndham program supports our local community, with a particular emphasis on children, and we are proud to be able to do all we can to support Epilepsy Action Australia.”
Epilepsy Action Australia Chief Executive Officer, Carol Ireland, said the charity appreciates the support offered by Wyndham.
“I have been a vacation owner with Wyndham for many years, so I know what a great company it is. As CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia, I am delighted the Wyndham team is running this marathon in support of our organisation.
“Epilepsy is the world’s most serious condition of the brain and it will affect some 800,000 people in Australia during their lifetime. Epilepsy Action Australia is only able to provide its essential support and education thanks to the generous support from the community.”
The Gold Coast Marathon will be held on the weekend of 2-3 July.
For more information about Epilepsy Action Australia, visit www.epilepsy.org.au
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific