5 October 2021

Why I Run – with Tim Fawssett

Posted in SU QLD

“Bridge to Brisbane is an iconic event and chaplaincy is an iconic ministry. They go together!”


Meet Tim. Father, champion of culture, and lover of good coffee.

Tim joined #TeamChappy back in 2018, and has been a loyal team-member since. His background with running is a love-hate relationship – but he enjoys the physical and mental benefits that come from getting outside. Plus, it’s a great way to raise awareness for the work he does in SU’s Cross-Cultural space.

“I’m proud to be running to support SU. I see it as more than just chaplaincy – it’s a wrap-around ministry involving churches, training and camps, who all intersect to benefit the children, young people and families in our communities,” says Tim.

“Chaplaincy is an incredibly good cause, but I don’t think it’s often well understood. It’s a positive and proactive service which isn’t showy or trying to achieve more than it promises. It complements the other roles in the school environment, and I think Bridge to Brisbane is a great opportunity to highlight that.”

Tim has made many fond memories during his time as a runner, but he’s found there’s something special about being part of the collective that keeps him coming back year after year.

“My favourite part of the day is the breakfast get-together after the race – I really enjoy the camaraderie in #TeamChappy. Every year there’s a real sense of accomplishment and enjoyment of having finished something together. I remember not wanting to leave!”

“Bridge to Brisbane isn’t an elite-athlete event. There’s all body sizes there and you get to encourage one another. I’m grateful for my family and friends who support (or humour) my running journey. We have a lot of laughs over the agony we put ourselves through training on cold winter nights – but when you get to race day, it’s worth it.”

Through his work in the Cross-Cultural space, Tim has many opportunities to share about the good work he’s doing, and he encourages other runners to not be shy in getting out there and fundraising.

“When you’re passionate about something, it’s a chance to invite people in your world to join you by supporting you financially or sharing a Facebook post. You’d be surprised by how many people will jump on board when you share your story.”

“Bridge to Brisbane is an iconic event, and chaplaincy is an iconic ministry. They go together!”

Well done Tim, and thank you for your commitment to raising funds and awareness for our young people and their families. We are cheering you on as you start training for the 10km event. See you bright and early on November 7!

Sarah Moore

Media and Communications Administrator

1 Comment

  1. Hi Tim. Did you grow up in PNG? I’d like to hear more about SU’s cross cultural ministry.

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