RUN DIPG is still amazed by the phenomenal result from the 500+ Runners, 325 active fundraisers, 2731 donors, and the $260,421.46 raised for research into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, (DIPG). We can only dream about what we can achieve together in 2022.

It is time to rally the team, block out Sunday 25th of September and plan your course to advocate for Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day on 26th September. We have made this easy for you by planning a marathon, 1/2 marathon and a family walk and scoot along the scenic Fernliegh Track, starting at Liles Oval Redhead, NSW. We will have markets, music and food so you can rally the cheer squad. We also will have the Budgy Smuggler jacuzzi stand on site.

Can’t make it to Newcastle, don’t worry. Our virtual event will be ready to go with our Strava Run Club active now. Register to show your progress and use #RUNforRUNDIPG via all social media platforms. Please don’t be shy and tell everyone why you are running this September.

We hope to make this a day for all so we can provide hope for families and communities facing DIPG.

Our registrations are currently open, so please tell your friends, work, school or teacher to start training and RUN for RUN DIPG.

See a collection of images from last year’s event here.


Date: Sunday 25th September 2022 

Location: Start will be at Liles Oval, Redhead NSW.

Runs & Start Times:

@ 6:00AM –Marathon (42km) finish old Belmont station.  Fernleigh Track, Belmont NSW 2280 to Park Ave, Adamstown NSW 2289 – Google Maps 

@ 7:00AM – ½ Marathon (21km) finish old Belmont station Fernleigh Track, Belmont NSW 2280 to Fernleigh Track, Whitebridge NSW 2290 – Google Maps 

@ 9:00AM –Liles Oval Family 5 (5km) finish Liles Oval Fernleigh Track, Belmont NSW 2280 to City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales – Google Maps 


Evie Poolman was a fit and healthy 9 year old when she was diagnosed with a DMG brain tumour (DIPG is a form of DMG) on 29th December 2020. Over the proceeding months Evie bravely underwent 4 brain operations, stints in intensive care and 6 weeks of radiation…. with no complaints but like a true warrior Evie doubled down determined to fight her cancer.

Sadly, during a family holiday shortly after radiation, Evie started to show signs of the disease. The MRI that followed brought with it the devastating news that Evie’s cancer had spread throughout her brain – Evie did not have long left.

Evie died on June 17th, 2021, less than 6 months from diagnosis. Evie was just 9 years old. She never got the chance to reach her full potential, to live out her dreams of being a day care teacher, of being a mother and growing old with her sisters.

Tragically, this is the same story for other children diagnosed with DMG / DIPG tumours like Evie’s. Her parents Charles and Bridget were horrified to learn the stats that these children and families face and have joined the fight with other parents of warriors to shine light on this, to raise awareness, raise funds and try and find a cure for this debilitating disease so no other child or family must face the prognosis that Evie did.

In Evie’s name we ask you to dig deep and to support this incredible cause. You can donate to Evie’s fundraiser here.