One for the animals!

Naomi in her zebra Onesie, ready to cheer the IFAW team! How often do you see a koala, a tiger, a seal and a zebra all congregated in the one place? Not often I’m sure; however on Sunday August 11 this was the case as the IFAW Oceania team, all dressed in animal Onesises, waited with anticipation for the IFAW team of runners to finish the world’s largest fun run – the Sun-Herald City2Surf.

This year for the first time, IFAW partnered with the City2Surf to help us raise funds and awareness for and around the work we do – rescuing and protecting animals in crisis around the world.

The 25 strong running team consisting of a lone wolf, a blue whale and a bunch of bright yellow whale riding bananas ran alongside 85,000 other running enthusiasts, finishing their 14km effort at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.

Now in its 43rd year, the City2Surf raised over $4 million for charities around Australia and the IFAW team: our 9 Gold runners (Gemma, Kate, Sharon, Katie, Nick, Leanne, Anjalee, Gabby and Rebecca), as well as Bondi’s The Bucket List and  Narrabeen’s Basic Bananas, raised a combined total of just over $11,000 for IFAW, which is an absolutely incredible achievement.

On behalf of IFAW, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who ran and raised funds for us. It was a fantastic day filled with sun, sweat, some interesting costumes and most importantly, fun!

We will be taking part in the 44th annual City2Surf in 2014 and we hope to have an even larger team next year. If you would like to join us in getting fit and raising funds to protect animals around the world,  please email me to join our team at or call me on 1800 00 4329.

Thank you again to all of our dedicated runners and their supporters for a very memorable day.


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Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation