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Why a father of five is tackling the UWA Half Marathon

Rodney running with daughter

Rodney Glossop is taking on the UWA Half Marathon in honour of the niece he never met.

Sadly, Sapphire Grace passed away shortly after birth – a tragedy the family never could have prepared for.

With Sapphire at the forefront of his thoughts, he is running to raise money for Sands Australia, supporting families who have lost children to miscarriage, stillbirth and other causes of newborn death.

According to Sands Australia, one in 120 births in Australia will be a stillbirth or a newborn death.

Having personally witnessed another four families endure this heartbreak, the cause remains close to Rodney’s heart.

“I am thankful for organisations like Sands Australia who provide much-needed emotional support, information and hope for families,” says Rodney.

  Rodney and his wife with their five kids

Rodney and his wife with their five kids

As both a dad and the deputy general manager of UWA Sport, he says the HBF Run is also a way of proving that being busy should never stop you from achieving your goals.

“This is an opportunity to lead by example and show people you can achieve your fitness goals - even with a busy lifestyle and five young children,” says Rodney.

He’ll be training three times a week to get him across the finish line and is urging the community to donate what they can to support his cause.

To support Rodney, visit here.