Cupid's Undie Run in Kiama raises funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation

Participants dared to bare at a Kiama fundraising run on Sunday. 

The annual Cupid’s Undie Run takes place each February, and this year 17 towns and cities throughout the country participated.

Half-naked or fancy-dressed runners took to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF).

This was the first time the event had taken place in Kiama, with 39 runners raising a total of close to $16,000. 

Last year’s Illawarra run took place in Wollongong. 

Kiama’s Julia Szulerowski was one of the Kiama run organisers. 

Mrs Szulerowski said the CTF is the only charity supporting children and their families with the genetic disorder Neurofibromatosis. 

“This is very personal to me as my daughter Jessica and I both live with the effects of Neurofibromatosis every day,” Mrs Szulerowski told the Mercury

“My daughter and I both have NF type one, so it’s been a personal goal of mine to raise money and awareness for the past 20 years.”

The approximately 1.5km run began and finished at Kiama Surf Life Saving Club. 

“Our top fundraiser, Britt Morley, raised over $3000, which is very exciting,” Mrs Szulerowski said.

“She is affected quite badly by NF, so her husband carried her on his back to do the run.”

Mrs Szulerowski said there was a positive vibe among participants on the day.

“They can go in their shorts, they can go in their costumes… The girls tend to go in tutus, angel wings and that kind of stuff,” she said. 

“We had a couple of runners yesterday in regular clothes, and they put their undies on their head.

“We’re going to do it again next year; we’d like a few more people next year.

“Don’t be shy of the undies, don’t be worried about the running because a lot of people walked it on Sunday.”

NF causes tumours to form on the nerve cells including the brain and spine.

It is progressive and there is no cure.

Kiama Lions supported the fundraiser again with a barbecue.

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