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Polky - Racing the planet

Dear Thaigers,

On Sunday April 25th 2010, I will set off on the challenge of a lifetime and join 200 competitors on a seven day, 250km footrace across the Western Australian desert. ‘Racing The Planet - WA’ is an endurance footrace that takes place in some of the most rugged and arid territory in Australia. As a competitor I’m required to carry all my own equipment and food; but will be provided with water and a place in a tent each night. The event, whilst both mentally and physically testing, is well supported by professional medical and operations teams. I have been training for some time and am looking forward to the challenge.

In taking part in this event I have also chosen to raise funds to support the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, a charity that is very close to my heart and that of our family. We are fortunate to have an institute like the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia - recognised both nationally and overseas as a one of the world’s best resources for cancer patients. Every year it delivers specialist treatment to over 25,000 people with cancer, and working next to our clinicians nearly 500 scientists and support staff make substantial contributions to the world platform of new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This important and worthy role calls for both dedicated expertise and significant resources.

With your support I hope to raise over $20,000 for Peter Mac’s work. Please help me reach this goal with your donation and together we can make a small, yet valuable contribution, in the fight against cancer. I have enclosed a donation form and reply-paid envelope for your convenience otherwise donations can be made online at:

You can follow my progress by visiting: and I look forward to providing a recap of this unique experience to all my supporters after the event.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or comments regarding this event or the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation please contact me. I can be reached at Ph +6597580182 or via email at -


Thomas R. Polk


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