The speedy mid-fielder sat out the Couta’s round ... clash with Drysdale to contest the grueling Great Ocean Road run, to help raise funds research into Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Newton’s infant nephew Lakyn was diagnosed with the genetic disease as a baby. Newton set a pre-race target of $2,000 but to date has raised more than $5,500.
“The support has been overwhelming. I didn’t know what sort of figure to put on it and I’m definitely pleased with the result.
"My nephew’s got the illness and there’s not much I can do to help apart from support my sister and family. Doing the run was one way of helping with the bigger picture," he said.
He completed thre course in a time of 5.43.34, finishing fourth in his category and crossing the line 25th overall.
The first half of the race was really nice but then the wind and the rain started coming at around the 35k mark, which made a pretty tough battle for the last couple of hours.
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common, genetically acquired, chronic illness affecting young Australians. .
Donations can still be made on Newton’s fundraiser page: http://thegreatoceanroadmarathon2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/KadenNewton