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By Andrea Andres
27 July 2023

Everyone's favourite 14km race, City2Surf, is back as one of our most exciting community events! Our fundraisers are gearing up to take on the iconic course from Sydney's CBD to the picturesque Bondi Beach on 13 August, all to help children in need worldwide. 

Meet three of our special fundraisers (including one of our youngest) and discover why they're doing the City2Surf for Team UNICEF.  


A young smiling girl stands at the finish line.
12-year old Emily (left) will take on City2Surf again, just like she did in 2022 (right).
UNICEF Australia/2022/Supplied

Last year we saw Emily, one of our youngest runners, put on her joggers in the name of other children who need support worldwide.  

12-year-old Emily says, “I’m running for UNICEF because they're an amazing organisation that helps kids all around the world. They help kids like those with no clean water, girls who don’t have access to learning, kids in war zones and refugees." 

"I am feeling so excited and a bit nervous now that I’ll be running with the fundraiser superstars. This year, I want to really try harder to get a better time and raise more money for UNICEF. I want to make the team proud, and I'm so excited that I get to run and help people in need." 


A young woman wearing a hat and another photo of her running. ©️ Supplied

Rachael, a registered nurse and newly converted runner is excited to take on the City2Surf as her first official fun run! 

"When I saw an email come through my inbox about City2Surf, it was a pretty spur of the moment decision to sign up, but as a goal-oriented person, it's been great having this race to work towards,” says Rachael. “I've followed the work that UNICEF does for a number of years and have consistently been inspired by the difference they make for children around the world facing adversity." 

"Knowing that I can fundraise for a cause I'm passionate about while training towards a big personal goal is rewarding in a multitude of ways."

City2Surf runner and Team UNICEF fundraiser

"I'm a firm believer that the circumstances of your birth should not affect the quality of healthcare or education you receive, so UNICEF's mission for equitability is really important to me on a personal level. 

In my current role working with refugee clients and having a background in paediatric nursing, UNICEF's work is essentially the intersection of my passions. One day (when I have a few more years of clinical experience) I'd love to use my nursing skills and knowledge to work with UNICEF internationally to support the provision of care to children and their families in emergencies." 

Congratulations to Rachael for being our highest fundraiser so far, having raised an amazing $1,295 to help the world's most vulnerable children. 


A young man in a blue UNICEF shirt on a run. ©️ Supplied

When Calvin isn't busy slinging words on a page as a communications consultant, you might find him at Bronte Beach at 4.40 am as a part of the 440 run club and doing the legwork for one crucial section of City2Surf.  

"I've been meaning to participate in a City2Surf for a few years but never really got around to it until this year. I'm feeling excited to give it a go, though a bit nervous about Heartbreak Hill," says Calvin. "Everyone talks about it as a tough section of the race, so I just don't want that part stopping me from running the whole race through." 

"I saw UNICEF's charity superstar option for the race, and their cause resonated with me as I've seen recent news of children displaced due to events outside their control such as the war in Ukraine or the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.” 

"UNICEF's mission matches strongly with my beliefs, that supporting every child no matter their circumstances to give them the best possible future is a cause that's worth investing in."

City2Surf runner and Team UNICEF fundraiser

"Education, safety, and access to healthcare are basic rights I believe should be afforded to every child to set them up for a successful and happy future. By providing a child with a healthy and supportive environment for them to grow up in, they're more likely to live a more fulfilling life." 

Run City2Surf with #TeamUNICEF

City2Surf is just around the corner next month, but there's still time to sign up and help raise critical funds for the world's most vulnerable children. 

UNICEF works day in and day out, in some of the world’s toughest places, to save and improve children’s health, nutrition, education and protection. From sending emergency supplies to children during conflict, natural disasters or humanitarian crises, to long-term survival and development programs, UNICEF works to protect children, no matter what.

When the world’s most vulnerable children need a champion, UNICEF is always there. Your support is crucial in helping us continue our work. 

Join Team UNICEF today and participants who raise over $50 will receive a FREE UNICEF running singlet.

See you at the finish line!

Sign up for the 2023 City2Surf!

A big thank you to our incredible partners who have supported Team UNICEF for this year's City2Surf:

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