Griffith academics raise money for Stillbirth Foundation in London Marathon Raising money for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia is the goal for Professor David Ellwood and his partner Associate Professor Anne Sneddon from Griffith’s School of Medicine as they get set to run next month’s London Marathon.
‘Team Stillbirth’ is aiming to increase awareness of stillbirth, and raise money for research into its causes and prevention, a tragic outcome of pregnancy which affects 6 families a day in Australia.
Professor Ellwood says the couple are preparing diligently for the 22 April event, with running schedules sometimes covering up to 50km per week. No stranger to running, Professor Ellwood first completed a marathon in Sydney back in 1988.
“I did a pretty good time then – three hours and 45 minutes. I’m sure I will not be able to do the same again in London but I will be giving it a good go,” he says. The couple have so far raised over $3,000 for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, but they are continuing to chase donations with a target of $10,000. The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is a partner in the Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth based at the Mater Research Institute in Brisbane, of which Professor Ellwood is co-director.
“Together we hope to make a real difference by reducing the burden on families from stillbirth. Please give generously to encourage us to complete the run!” says Professor Ellwood. To donate, please visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/david-231
David Ellwood is Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Griffith’s School of Medicine, whilst Anne Sneddon is the Clinical Lead for Women’s Health teaching.
Related story: https://news.griffith.edu.au/2016/01/20/more-than-20000-stillbirths-worldwide-are-avoidable/