On Monday 25th May 2009 two Sisters of Charity, Sister Helen and Sister Leone, led a ‘pilgrimage’ – primarily on foot - to be mindful of all those affected by cancer and to raise funds and awareness for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre. Their journey took them from the City of Dubbo in western NSW over the Blue Mountains to the site of the future Centre in Darlinghurst NSW. Over 400 kilometres was covered over a period of two weeks. Along the way other Sisters of Charity joined them.

The Nuns’ Run arose out of a dream that Sr Helen had one night. She dreamt of making a long journey on foot to raise funds to build the Cancer Centre. The Sisters of Charity founded both the Garvan Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital. Sr Helen enlisted the help of her friend, Sr Leone, and a few hardy others and the Nuns’ Run was born. They chose the Dubbo to Darlinghurst route as the living embodiment of the outreach services the Centre aims to provide to rural and regional Australia.

Only the Sisters covered the full route, but a series of run/walks and other fundraising events were held in towns along the route over two weeks between Sun 24 May and Fri 5 June 2009.

A fun run was held at the start of the course in Dubbo and at the end in Sydney. People walked or ran to honour those we love who are or have been affected by cancer, and in the hope of preventing still more being affected in the future - and helped raise funds by seeking sponsorship from family and friends.

The total raised by the Nuns' Run was $176,375.