Trevor de Vroome.
IT manager Trevor de Vroome is swapping circuit boards for running shorts as he trains for the upcoming City2South run in an effort to raise funds for the Icon Cancer Foundation.
Mr de Vroome has been working for Icon Cancer Care for over a year and a half since the organisation was established in 2012 in his role as an IT manager. As Australia’s largest private provider of cancer and haematological care, the organisation currently manages over 73,000 patient visits every year.
Although Mr de Vroome has participated in running events before, this year’s City2South is his first individual fundraising effort.
His good cause is the work of the Icon Cancer Care’s fundraising program known as the Icon Cancer Foundation, which focuses on supporting new and emerging cancer treatments and facilitating patient access to clinical trials.
“I’ve been working quite a lot with the Foundation lately, so I’ve been able to see just exactly what charitable endeavours like this really mean for them, and what the money can do for their efforts,” he said.
One particular effort Mr de Vroome has been overseeing is the introduction of a Personalised Care Coordinator at Icon Cancer Care’s Chermside centre. The role further supports cancer patients in their treatment by connecting them to auxiliary care services, such as physiotherapy and dietetics.
“I’ve working really hard on getting that role some of the technology sorted and after seeing that it’s a charity-funded position, I’ve realised that if I can make a difference and raise money for the foundation, that’d be great,” he said.
Although the IT manager’s fundraising goal of $1000 is on track, having already raised almost $300 in addition to various fundraising grants, participating in running events such as City2South has other rewards as well.
“It’s a great personal challenge,” he said. “Setting a goal or time for specific distances and events lets me continue to push myself and go further every year."
However he admits training isn’t always smooth and easy.
“I’m trying to run every day but it’s bloody cold in Brisbane at the moment!” he said. “I’ve just moved to an area with all hills around as well, which has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works!”
Although the 14 kilometre run certainly isn’t a walk in the park, Mr de Vroome believes others should forget their doubts and join in.
“What’s great about the City2South is that you can select whatever charity you want that has meaning for you, and actually raise funds and do really positive things for a lot of people.”
The City2South takes place this Sunday June 15 at 7am for the 14km event, followed by the 5km event at 8.45am.