Rugby legends lace up for charity

by staff

Former Wallaby Mark Connors has gathered a team of former rugby greats to run the iconic Brisbane River Loop on Friday 11th October 2013, in support of their great friend Damian Griffin. Whilst the goal is to raise money to fight cancer, the real competition will come from old rivalries.

“Event participants will enjoy the support of our generous event ambassadors Brendan Cannon, Brett Robinson, Nathan Sharpe and Tim Horan. Two –time World Triathalon Champion Emma Carney will also be on hand to give us a push –along, but I expect there will be some entertaining niggle on the course,” says Mr Connors.

Griffo’s Challenge is a multi-loop fun run, starting and finishing at the Eagle Street base of Riparian Plaza and coursing around the beautiful Brisbane River Loop. With over 300 participants in 2012, this year’s event has much to live up to.

“We are putting the call out now to those who wish to join a 21km half marathon before work on a Friday and then enjoy breakfast and the atmosphere on the Pier. But we are also encouraging casual runners and walkers to join in the fun. It’s easy to join, you simply register online now via our website at,” Mr Connors said.

Mark Connors says the challenge was a surprising success and reflects the generosity of the Brisbane community and businesses.

“Griffo’s Challenge started as an opportunity to gather friends and the community to inspire our mate, Damian and those with cancer,” says Mr Connors. “ The event gathered momentum and this year’s run is shaping up to be as successful and enjoyable.”

The inspiration behind the event, Damian Griffin, says the event was a dream of his and has provided inspiration for him and others battling cancer.

“Last year we raised over $175,000 for the Icon Cancer Foundation. We have been astounded by the response from the Brisbane. Cancer is a disease that affects so many lives so the opportunity to gather along the Brisbane River in a show of strength captures the hearts of many,” Damian Griffin said.

Mark Connors believes the event’s appeal lies in the fact that so many in the community are affected by cancer and Damian’s battle could be anyone’s fight.

“Damian’s experience is a constant reminder of the necessity to strive to provide the best care and clinical trials for those battling against a terminal diagnosis. Our beneficiary, the Icon Cancer Foundation has undoubtedly touched Damian’s life and that of the many thousands of patients they work with. Griffo’s Challenge is delivering incredible funding to help such patients and we are very proud of that,” Mr Connors added

For more information about this Griffo’s Challenge and Damian’s personal journey visit the website at Tax deductible donations are accepted online.

The Brisbane community can also support Griffo’s Challenge by bidding for the many great prizes available through the Griffo’s Grays Online auction. Grays Online will be launching the auction live on October 1st with bidding closing on 15th October. Prizes this year will include signed sports memorabilia, exclusive dining and travel vouchers, including Bernard Fanning memorabilia pack and much more. All funds raised through the Grays Online auction will be donated to the Icon Cancer Foundation.