Two months after his journey with cancer ended, Richard (Dick) Wymer’s family will complete Round the Bridges in his memory while raising funds for Hospice Waikato.
Dick had a long history with the Hamilton-based event, with his company Wymer Domestic Water Carriers supplying water for participants to enjoy on the course and at the finish line.
Three months after receiving the news about a suspected diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Dick passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. During those months, he and his family received substantial support from Hospice Waikato, a local charity whose core focus is helping people with a life-limiting illness to enjoy life to its fullest, while also providing support, comfort and quality care.
The support from Hospice gave his family the ability to keep him at home during his final months – something that Gabrielle, one of Dick’s nine grandchildren, says he would have been extremely grateful for.
“I just can’t convey how wonderful Hospice Waikato were with providing support, not only for Dick but for our entire family,” she says.
“We knew we wanted to do something to give back to this wonderful organisation, so we decided to use Round the Bridges as a way of fundraising to help them to continue providing palliative care to other families in need.”
The family opted to fundraise at the local fun run because of the relationship that Dick and Wymer’s Domestic Water Carriers, the company he founded, had with the event.
“He always enjoyed seeing the sense of achievement on people’s faces when they competed in Round the Bridges and he’d always try to make it down to the event to get a taste of the atmosphere and to get among the action,” said Gabrielle.
His family will run under the team name of ‘Richard N Wymer Family’ and it will consist of each of his children, their partners, and his nine proud grandchildren. His wife of 60 years, Marie, will cheer the family on from the sidelines.
The team plans on wearing matching supporter t-shirts during the event that will be designed in memory of Dick, while also representing his company and Hospice Waikato.
The family have set a goal of raising $1000 and have raised $585 for the charity through their everydayhero supporter page so far.
Round the Bridges introduced its fundraising programme in 2015 and, from a combination of online donations and active fundraisers; nearly $40,000 was raised for New Zealand charities.
This year the event aims to reach a new target of $75,000.
Established by the Hamilton Harrier Club (Hamilton City Hawks) in 1945, Round the Bridges has become Waikato’s largest annual running event and will be held in the Hamilton CBD on Sunday November 13. Attracting more than 5500 participants, Round the Bridges will see runners and walkers take on 2km (kids only), 6km and 12km courses. Catering to all ages and abilities, Round the Bridges is an event the entire family can enjoy.