Fremantle Running Festival: Beaconsfield woman to run in memory of sister


Melanie Koch will compete in the running festival’s half marathon to raise  funds for the Sophie Smith Fund.
Melanie Koch will compete in the running festival’s half marathon to raise funds for the Sophie Smith Fund.

RUNNING more than 20km is a difficult feat, but Beaconsfield’s Melanie Koch will push through the pain when she competes in this weekend’s Fremantle Running Festival in memory of her sister.

Always close with Sophie, describing their relationship as “individually unique, together complete”, Ms Koch was heartbroken when her 27-year-old sister died in 2014 from Hodgkin lymphoma.

Wanting to keep her legacy alive, her family set up the Sophie Smith Fund through the Fremantle Foundation.

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“My mother, father and I wanted to be able to create something based in Fremantle that encapsulated Sophie’s loves, passions and beliefs and keep her name alive, so we spoke to our friend, Dylan Smith from the Fremantle Foundation about setting up a named fund,” Ms Koch said.

“Donations to the Sophie Smith Fund will support programs for literacy and music for young people who live around Fremantle, as well as the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.”

Visit http://bit.ly/2dDY6lf to donate.