Barry's marathon effort

Sibling rivalry can be a great motivator. Just ask Barry Burke, a Health and Safety professional at Origin, who was challenged by his brother Rick to compete with him in the Melbourne Marathon last year.

Barry and Rick had prepared to run together, but things didn’t quite go to plan. “The day before the run, Rick told me he wasn’t coming because he was sick, so I ran the marathon alone. We found out 2 weeks later he had cancer,” said Barry.

After 6 months of treatment, and one of the most emotional and physical challenges of his life, Rick made a full recovery.

“Rick had chemotherapy sessions at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a not-for-profit independent cancer hospital in Sydney. Everyone at the hospital was great and really made the difference during the hardest part of Rick’s life. During his treatment, Rick wanted to show his appreciation for the work being conducted at the hospital,” said Barry.

So this year, Barry and Rick decided to run the Melbourne Marathon alongside each other and raise money for the hospital.

They set a target to raise $700, but within 3 weeks, over $1,500 had been donated from family, friends and Origin colleagues. Through the Origin Foundation’s Give2 matched giving program, a total of $2,490 was donated to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse hospital.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit independent cancer care hospital, specialising in advanced cancer care, and rare and complex cases. Over 40,000 people are screened, checked, diagnosed and treated at the hospital every year.

The Origin Foundation’s Give2 matched giving program matches Origin employee donations to their chosen Australian charities, dollar for dollar.