Johnathan Hewis has run many marathons, triathlons and ultra-marathons, raising money for causes close to his heart. On December 8, 2023, he will take on the 167.5km long Ultra Trail Kosci Miler for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

The Ultra Trail Kosci Miler traverses the highest peak in Australia, with more than 5000 metres of elevation across the course. Weather conditions can be variable, and temperatures may vary from minus °C temps up to 30°C , so this is an extremely challenging event. Johnathan explains his motivation:

“My background is in diagnostic radiography and have spent a lot of my clinical career imaging and caring for people with a cancer diagnosis. In 2023, I was the convenor for our professional body’s scientific conference called ASMIRT 2023. As part of the opening ceremony, we were graced by the presence and performance of the incredible Chris O’Brien Lifehouse choir. Their performance was incredibly inspiring, and I decided I wanted to raise funds for Chris O'Brien Lifehouse’s critical work and research.

I’ve set myself a fundraising goal of $5,000 and I’ve had to be quite creative, due to the cost-of-living crisis affecting so many of us.



Meet Isla, Ruby, Isabel & Ava

Isla, Ruby, Isabel and Ava are just nine years old, but they all know someone who has been affected by cancer and they wanted to do something to help. 

They decided as a group to raise money for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and came up with lots of ideas and plans. 


Meet Geraint

"Liam and I were colleagues who joined the same work team within 3 months of each other, 10 years ago.

We quickly bonded over our shared love for indoor rock climbing, coffee, and chocolate. We would often go for walks during lunch breaks and even spent Christmases together."


Meet Katrina

In 2021 Katrina was diagnosed with meningioma (a tumor from membranes that surround the brain).

“My diagnosis and treatment flipped my life upside down. My second surgery was 3 weeks after my son, Carter, was born"


Meet Laura

Last month Laura bravely chose to shave her hair to raise funds for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in support of her best mate Pat.

“I have known Pat and his family for 30 years. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma this year. His father, Kevin, is also going through cancer treatment."