Christian's Run for the Reef
Support Christian as he runs up to 24 kilometers on our 24 hour annual giving day, to support a healthier future for our Great Barrier Reef.
As climate change takes its toll on the Great Barrier Reef, progressively more devastating bleaching events are killing the coral that helps to maintain the complex habitats of marine organisms. As the coral dies, the reef rapidly erodes away, destroying these habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.
At the University of Sydney, our team of researchers, led by Associate Professor Will Figueira, are pioneering a program to generate 3D maps of coral reefs to better understand the effects of this loss of complexity on resident organisms. They hope to turn this mapping information into detailed artificial reefs through the use of 3D printing technologies, and to support the rehabilitation of sea creatures in areas where dead reefs are collapsing.
The Great Barrier Reef generates 70,000 jobs and billions of dollars annually, as well as being a UNESCO world heritage site so your support goes a long way in sustaining this critically important program.
Christian Antoniak is a Medical Science student majoring in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. He also works for the university at the Sydney Development Fund as he's passionate about fundraising and making a difference.
As part of the university's annual giving day, Pave the Way, Christian will be raising money and increasing awareness for this program by running around campus.
He'll do a lap around the (very large) university campus for every 5 individual donations, up to 8 laps (24km). This will be really tough so every donation helps not only keep the reef alive but will also help him reach his goal.