Publish Date: 
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 10:45

Climb For Cancer 2016 EVent Wrap Up

We made it to the top! The view from the roof top on the 37th floor was spectacular and 60 TRI based researchers were lucky enough to enjoy some time up here after making the trek up 810 stairs.

In April, we were asked if we could help promote the Mater Foundation Climb For Cancer event and in return posed the question of whether there was space to enter a TRI team in the usually full event. Working closely with Mater Foundation, we put the call out to our researchers to join us in a collaborative fundraising campaign for ovarian and prostate cancer research at Mater.

The response was incredible, with a final total of 64 researchers registering to take on the 810 stairs of Waterfront Place. After some tricky tech updates from the Climb For Cancer team, needed to cater for the unprecedented large group, our fundraising campaign was underway in the first week of May with an info session and photoshoot. 

First up, we got some of the team together for a group shot in lab coats and used this to launch our campaign throughout the building and via our social media channels Facebook, Linked In and Twitter.

The teams were incredible, coming up with science puns like Tumornators and MelanoMads and smashing the fundraising goal of $5000 just 2 weeks in. Then there were photoshoots, bake sales, raffles, and change boxes around the building to keep the funds rolling in. As of the 3rd June, our total is over $11k with donations open until the 15th June 2016.

On The Day

The teams arrived at our meeting point on Eagle Street to a beautiful blue sky, enjoying the morning sun while awaiting our start time of 9am. Next we took some group photos of the whole team with Waterfront Place in the background before heading to registration.

Race Times

TRI Top 5 Teams

The following places & times are based on 20 corporate sub-teams from 6  different corporations entered in the corporate challenge portion of the climb

  • 4th: Floor-o-phores 28.38
  • 6th:  Team ConTRIbute 31.34
  • 7th:  Melanomads 31.53
  • 8th:  TRI Harder 32.14
  • 9th:  TRI-ing 32.22

TRI Top 10 Individuals

The following places & times are based on 752 finishers in the overall Climb for Cancer race

  • 5th: Campbell Schmidt 4.55
  • 6th: Ross Flewell-Smith 4:56
  • 14th: Ben Baker 5.33
  • 39th: Tashbib Khan 6.24
  • 46th: Luke Devitt 6.30
  • 52nd: Alok Shahm 6.35
  • 61st: Satomi Okano 6.45
  • 92nd: Heinz Hammerlindl 7.10
  • 126th: Cameron Sunderland 7.35
  • 131st: Joachim Torrano 7.37

> Click to view the race times

Top Fundraisers


  1. TRI Harder $2,212.64
  2. Team ConTRIbute $1,515.85
  3. TRI-ing $1,474.30
  4. Co-LAB-orates $1,336.25
  5. Tumornators $1,185.00


  1. Chao Ping Ng $686.30
  2. Whitney Fleming $672.81
  3. Maria Wojciechowski $603.25
  4. Samuel Barnes $574.27
  5. Mark Cowley $570.23

> Click to view our fundraising pages

The Participants

TRI Harder

Rachel Langford
Samuel Barnes
Ashley Meakin
Tashbib Khan
Whitney Fleming
Ailee Jones
Filip Veljkovic
Cameron Sunderland


Tehani De Silva 
Nicholas Muller
Seen Ling Sim
Rehan Villani
James Lee
Scott Alison 
Sally Yukiko

Piranha Patches

Ana Dos Santos
Katey Witham
Ben Baker
Majella Clifton
Maria Buchsteiner
Aidan Dwyer
Simpson Garth
Niki Ikin
Charlotte Sweeney


Ross Flewell-Smith
Kaitlin Nufer
Li Lin
Kim Pham
Tarl Prow
Nhung Dang
Lisa Tom
Van  Hoang
Chao Ping Ng
Vicky Liu

Team ConTRIbute

Belinda Coleman
Mark Cowley
Luke Devitt
Nagaraj Gopisetty
Ariya Sree
Nishta Ramnoruth
Aimee Hanson
Reena Krishna


Helmut Schaider
Heinz Hammerlindl
Joachim Torrano
Abdullah Al Emran
Melea O’Reilly
Sabrina Hammerlindl

The TRI-hards!

Kathryn Futrega
Eric Franklin
Eman Mosaad
Ena Music


Aisling Doyle
Anneli Bridgment
Maria Wojciechowski
Eric Pizzani

It's all up HILL from here

Amanda Oliver
Jayde Ruelcke
Anup Shah
Alok Shah


Campbell Schmidt
Cheng-Yu Lin
Satomi Okano
Nicola Pett

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Climb For Cancer event and campaign. The experience was more than we could have hoped for and we can't thank our supporters enough for their donations.

Now... back to work!

> To donate to the TRI teams, please visit our fundraising page

Our Target $5,000

Current Total $11 000+


Meet the Teams