A Media release from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Western Australia, 17th April 2008
Spirit of Australia Creating a New World Record
David Baird is racing against time as he attempts to set a new world record by running with a wheelbarrow across Australia, however he has taken the time to include those affected by breast and prostate cancer and make this run particularly significant to many Australian families.
In liaison with the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA (BCFWA), David has been given a number of small memento’s representing someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. These mementos will be secured in David’s wheelbarrow so that they can travel across the Nullabor with him, sharing their spirit in each of the towns he travels through.
A number of mementos are being sourced from 14 towns on the journey.
Although awareness is a key focus to this attempt, David is also eager to raise much needed funds to assist the BCFWA provide personalized support and care for those affected by breast cancer.
All money raised from this event will assist the BCFWA to continue providing personalised support and care for those affected by breast cancer. This includes providing essential services such as financial assistance and emotional support for those going through treatment.
The Wheelbarrow Across Australia World Record Attempt starts on 1st September 2008 and is to finish five months later in Sydney. The overall run will total a massive 4115 kilometres, visit 72 towns and take up to 150 days (5 months) to complete.
If you would like to support this cause and donate to the BCFWA you can either log onto www.breastcancer.org.au or post your donation to PO Box 250, WEST PERTH WA 6872. All donations over two dollars are tax deductible.
References and Reportage
Some more documents that may be of interest:
A reference from R A Arthur, organiser of the world record breaking around Australia bicycle relay, of which Dave was a key member: Bike Record Reference
Newspaper clippings reporting on Dave’s plans (click on image to see associated report):
|Subiaco Post||Masters News||The Senior (WA)|
|5th April 2008||April 2008||August 2008|
David Baird and Jo Richardson may be contacted as follows:
- Phone: 0411 747 022
- Email: email@example.com
|Interests:||Fitness, specifically running and bike riding|
|Dedicated to assisting others in need|
|Wise from gained practical work skills and life experiences|
|Excellent physical fitness|
|1956||All England schoolboy sprint finalist|
|1993||Gold Coast International Marathon – second place (Veteran)|
|1987||Townsville Marathons – second place (Veteran)|
|1980||Mackay Marathon – first place (Veteran)|
|1984-1998||Undefeated champion and record holder – Queensland Gemfields “Wheelbarrow Derby” (18.2kms)|
|Undefeated champion and record holder (Veteran & Masters) – The great “Turkey Chase” (Central Queensland) mountain run (13.2kms)|
|Twice winner (Veteran) – Yungalor Mountain Run-Mackay, Queensland|
|Record holder – Gladstone to Rockhampton Ultra Distance (120kms)|
|Record holder – Gladstone Half-Marathon|
|Various local races over the past 13 years.|
|1994||Overall series winner – Central Highlands, Gladstone Central Queensland.|
|1994||Around Australia non-stop team member. Six world records entered into the Guinness Book of Records.|
|Gymnastics & Judo:|
|1954||South of England junior gymnastic and judo county representative.|
|1954-1984||English schoolboy trialist|
|Central Highlands, Central Queensland Representative.|
|North Queensland representative (against Junior All Blacks In Mackay, Queensland).|
|1990-1999||South Humberside, England, Body Building Championships (Masters)|
|Queensland Country Body Building Championships – first place.|
|North Queensland Body Building Championship (Masters) – first place.|