Running for Randwick Children's Hospital

By Jordan Carmichael

I’ve chosen to raise much needed funds for Sydney Children's Hospital

"In October last year our beautiful little boy Finlay, then 8 Months old, was taken into hospital with suspected croup. The next 5 days proved to be the biggest rollercoaster in mine and my wife Samantha's life.

After initially being taken in for observation for two days and then discharged, a secondary infection took hold of Finn and attacked his larynx and upper throat. As a family, we went from the relief of him being ok and out of hospital to the operating table within 4 hours. 

By the time the team of surgeons took him into theatre the infection had so aggressively advanced that he had a gap of less than 2mm with which to breath and was within an hour of being fatal. The quick-thinking and passionate teamwork of the doctors and nurses from Emergency, Ears Nose & Throat, Anaesthesia and the ICU saved Finlay's life. And the ongoing 24/7 1:1 care given in the ICU, where he was completely sedated and breathing with assistance from a ventilator for 76 hours, enabled him to recover fully and blossom into the amazing little boy he is today.

This hospital is simply exceptional and will forever hold a special place in our hearts for the care they gave our son and the gift they gave us of keeping this happy little boy at the centre of our world as well as the continued joy of watching him grow, learn and thrive.

The actions taken that day saved his life and the alternative does not bear thinking about. Even the imagined pain of what could have happened is greater than anything that I have ever experienced. This is what I intend to remind myself when feeling the pain of running a series of distance races in 2018 encompassing the SMH Half Marathon, City2Surf, The Blackmores Half Marathon and the Runaway Barossa Full Marathon.

I will be running for Finlay. I will be running for Randwick.

Please support me and this wonderful hospital in any way you can."

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick is one of Australia's leading specialist medical centres for children, offering a safe and friendly healing environment for children from NSW and beyond. The Hospital's expert medical staff care for more than 69,000 critically ill and injured children every year. I’ve chosen to raise much needed funds for Sydney Children's Hospital. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to my Supporters


Jordan Carmichael


Conor Mccormick

Good going bugalugs.


Samantha Martin



Owain Evans

Amazing effort mate and great cause!! We were in out of there with Rhys as well with various resporitary issues and they were amazing each and every time! Lot of unspoken heroes in that hospital and good to hear Finaly is doing well!! All the best with the runs! X X


Martin Sharman

Not one to Welch... “Im a Lannister” Best of luck mate


Sheala Carmichael

This is so deserving Jordan. Hope you reach your target. Because of this wonderful hospital my grandson is fit and healthy.


Matthew Pickover

Run boy run!


Sam Bloor

Good Luck, Jord!


The Whitaker’s

Such a worthy cause! xx


Catherine Dix

Love your work Jordan.


Gemma & Al

Good luck mate!


Lenka Dobson

well done Jordan, what a great cause. This brought tears to my eyes. Again.. Much love xxx


James Hinton

Great stuff Jordan & Sam


Natalie Henderson

Jord, Massive well done mate. Such a great cause so close to all our hearts. Run like the wind mate :)


Jamie Wallace

Good luck mate, great cause! Jam & Eva x



Great cause JC - good luck pal


Amanda Butler

Brilliant job Jord! Keep up the training and you will smash those runs... I’m running with you in spirit. Love to you all xxx



Limp, hop or crawl-whatever it takes buddy! Bloody brill cause, we’re right behind ya...from the finish line, hungover from all the great times we’ll have while you’re in training mode ? Love the Howies x


Breeda Nathan


Jamie Almond

you look old


Woraphon Aphinanthano


Matthew Neave

Good look Jordan, great effort so far, keep that fire burning xx


Andrew Hide

Well done man! Good luck mate, love the Hidey Bears x x x


Sophie T



Richard Pattison

Good luck bro.. x


Katie Cannon

Good luck and sending you all the best from Scotland ??????? ???‍♂️?


Josh Mcleod


Georgina Van Hee

Amazing cause and well done you!! Good luck for the next two x


Bella Castle


Ed Howard


Claire Beswick

Go Jord! This is quite the challenge, and that's coming from a self confessed marathon addict! Great great cause, I know how much you valued the staff during the week and so glad you've got the chance to do something for them as you said you wood. Good luck! xx


Julie Clarke

My heart skipped a beat when I read your post. I literally can’t even imagine. Thank god he’s ok ?? X