Bob 'Tug' Wilson's Walk for Kids with Cancer

Event cancelled

UPDATE 27 March, 2020 | Following the latest advice from the Australian Government around isolation and social distancing, we have come up with some fun activities you can do at home to complete your virtual Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson Walk for Kids with Cancer.

The below ideas will help you reach your goal while ensuring we all play our part in ‘flattening the curve’ and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Walk 27km during April (1,200 steps every day) 
  • Walk 27km or 13km on a treadmill
  • Ride for 27km or 13km on an exercise bike
  • Do 27 sit-ups every hour for 6 hours (average time to complete the walk)
  • Do 27 burpees every hour for 6 hours (average time to complete the walk)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving day by day but the health and safety of the community, including our staff, patients and families, remains our number one priority. For up-to-date information from NSW Health, please visit: https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

We hope you can still join us as we raise vital funds for our Cancer Centre for Children.

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Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation regrets to advise we have decided to cancel the planned physical Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer on 29 March.

The outbreak of coronavirus has caused some challenges for us and due to the risk posed by being in large crowds, it is a necessary precaution to ensure that you, as well as our staff, patients and families, are not put at risk. The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our number one priority.

We do have some good news however, which is that we will be going ahead with a Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson Virtual Walk Challenge instead!

What is a virtual walk you might ask? The virtual walk is an opportunity for you to take part in your own walk, in your own time and at your own preferred location. We encourage you to continue fundraising and raising awareness and share your experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #BobsWalk4Kids and @westmeadkids. Download your virtual walk flyer here.

The Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer is the highlight of the calendar for the Cancer Centre for Children – not only because it raises vital funds, but also because it brings together families and staff for a wonderful day out that is fun and rewarding. Although we can’t bring you all together physically this year, we hope that the ‘virtual community’ we will be creating will be an equally fantastic experience.

We are still accepting registrations for our new Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Virtual Walk until 5pm Friday 27 March 2020. You will have until Thursday 30 April to complete your virtual walk challenge and fundraise for the Cancer Center for Children.

To register for the Virtual Walk or for more questions and information, please contact Event Manager, Nicole Ilacqua.

Co-founder and wife of the late Bob Wilson, Carol Wilson: 

"As the co-founder of the Bob 'Tug' Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer it saddens me that due to the current world wide circumstances we are unable to ‘walk’ as a group. I would encourage everyone to sign up for the ‘Virtual Walk’ and continue your fundraising for the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

I would like to thank all who have registered for the ‘Walk’ and your fundraising for the ‘Cancer Centre for Children’. It is personally, very much appreciated. It helps to give kids with cancer every chance to live their lives. Bob’s mantra was ‘I have lived a good life and theirs is just beginning". 

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FAQ’s

Why is the event cancelled?

You would have seen in the news recently that there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This has caused some challenges for us and due to the risk posed by being in large crowds, has sadly meant that we have made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer.

We looked at the possibility of holding a pared back event, but we simply couldn’t find a way to deliver it well and still do justice to our amazing walkers, who work so hard to raise funds and make the event so successful.

Can the event be postponed to later in the year?

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19, it is not possible to postpone the event. The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our number one priority and after close consultation with health experts, this was determined to be the best decision for everyone involved. 

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit NSW Health’s website

What if I already registered for the physical Bob 'Tug' Wilson's Walk? What happens next?

All current registrations as of Monday 16 March 2020 will automatically be transferred over to the Virtual Walk. 

If you wish to have your registration fee refunded, please email Nicole Ilacqua who will arrange this for you. 

What is a virtual walk?

The virtual walk is an opportunity for you to take part in Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk in your own time and at your own preferred location. We encourage you to continue fundraising and raising awareness and share your experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #BobsWalk4Kids and @westmeadkids.

How long do I have to complete the virtual walk?

We are still accepting registrations for our new Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s virtual walk until 5pm Friday 27 March 2020. You will have until Thursday 30 April to complete your virtual walk challenge and fundraise for the Cancer Center for Children.

Can I keep my 2020 Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk t-shirt?

Yes, of course! We encourage you to wear your t-shirts proudly as you complete your virtual walk.

Will my registration fee be refunded?

Bob 'Tug' Wilson's Walk is a key fundraising event for the Cancer Centre for Children and they still urgently need your support, so if you would like to donate your registration fee, we would be very grateful. 

All current registrations will automatically be transferred over to the Virtual Walk. If you wish to have your registration fee refunded, please email Nicole Ilacqua who will arrange this for you. 

When will I receive my refund?

Please allow up to 30 business days for your refund to be processed after your request is made.

Can I transfer my registration to 2021’s Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk?

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19, we are currently focusing on managing 2020 registrations only. We will keep everyone updated on 2021 Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk in due course.

Need more information? Contact Event Manager Nicole Ilacqua.

Our 2020 Ambassador: Alma

When five-year-old Alma suddenly stopped using her right-hand, the last thing the family expected was to hear the words "brain tumour". Read her story here.

Meet Anthea's team

Clinical Research Manager, Anthea Ng, leads a team Clinical Research Associates in our CCFC. Her team research new treatments and therapies to provide the best cancer treatment for children in NSW. Read Anthea's story to find out how funds raised from Bob 'Tug' Wilson's Walk 2020 will help Anthea's team continue their incredible work. 

Pictured (L-R): Jessa Morales, Anna Samolej, Joanne Chuah, Stephen Mokaya, Anthea Ng, Jun Cai, Arrielle Hope and Palita Somsri.