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The Ox Charity Run 2023

Collins Hume takes strides against childhood cancer in 24-Hour Ox Charity Run

This past weekend, Collins Hume CEO Christopher Atkinson, together with his BFT Ballina gym teammates, harnessed their endurance racing skills to smash the Ox Charity Run, a 24-hour nonstop 100-kilometre charity run aimed at raising funds and awareness for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), the deadliest form of childhood brain cancer.

This initiative was particularly close to the heart of our region, with racers undertaking this challenging endeavour in memory of 9-year-old Frankie from Lennox Head, who lost her battle with DIPG.

The race, which took place over the whole weekend, garnered amazing community support and was sold out. The Lennox Head caravan park/surf club area served as the event hub with attendees enjoying a lively atmosphere with DJs, food and plenty of positive vibes as participants ran, jogged, and walked to fundraise for DIPG.

Chris, along with team members Steph and Lilly from BFT Ballina and Matty Wiggins from Rhythm Home Loans, formed the BFT Ballina team. Despite the anticipated challenges from midnight to 6am, Chris was enthusiastic about raising as much as possible for this very worthy cause. Another noteworthy team, BFT Ballina/McGrath Northern River, featured James Aubusson, Ryan McPharlane, Kirby and Bill Johnstone, who ran alongside Ballina BFT were just as committed to raising awareness and funds for DIPG.

In the weekend washout, the charity run achieved a significant milestone by surpassing the $75,000 fundraising goal and is now into six figures. If you’d like to help, please tip in and top-up donations:

Community members enthusiastically encouraged the festivities Lennox Head. Their incredible support not only uplifted the spirits of the runners but also generated much-needed positive energy. Special mention to Chris’ family for setting up their position and making a day of it with camp chairs and prosecco!

In a world flooded with negative news, Collins Hume is proud to be part of initiatives like the Ox Charity Run that highlight the power of community, resilience and the enduring spirit of giving. For more information and updates or to help out with a donation, please visit

Collins Hume's Legacy

Like many, we want to leave a positive and long-lasting legacy — one that’s about contribution as opposed to consumption.

At Collins Hume, it’s important to us that we witness first-hand the positive difference we make. We want to make a ‘living legacy that will be timeless. Every day, we feel deeply privileged to live, work and play in one of the most beautiful and prosperous regions in Australia and the world.

We want to add to that beauty and prosperity locally and worldwide and our giving plays a part in making sure of that. Read more at

This year Collins Hume also successfully obtained recertification for both our "1% for the Planet" and "Climate Neutral" certifications. This reaffirms our commitment to the environment, our planet and our stance as a for-purpose business.

As we move forward, it's great to see our collective efforts making a positive difference. Our dedication not only strengthens our business as one of the most purposeful accounting firms in Australia but also aligns with our core values.

For more details, visit 1% for the Planet and Climate Neutral. Read more about Chris Atkinson in our flipbook.


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