You did it! Thank you so much to all the wonderful walkers who took part in our BRIGHT Walk on 23 July and to everyone who supported you. You helped to raise over $392,000 for lifesaving medical research at SAHMRI – you’re all superstars!



The BRIGHT Walk is a powerful, illuminated, one night experience which challenges you to walk 21km at night in the middle of winter.


Where & when?

The 2022 event took place on the night of Saturday 23 July in Adelaide, to coincide with the Illuminate Festival.



To raise funds to help SAHMRI’s BRIGHT and brilliant researchers create a brighter future for the people we love.


Here’s the route our BRIGHT Walk participants followed on the evening of 23 July – past a number of the Illuminate Adelaide installations, as well as some exciting extras created exclusively for the event.



Thanks to all our BRIGHT stars for fundraising for us. You’re all heroes!

It’s not too late to sponsor someone – just click on an individual or team name to visit their fundraising page.




“I think the BRIGHT Walk is a great event. Raising awareness of the phenomenal work being done at SAHMRI, as well as funds to support it into the future, is crucial for our state.”

– Eugene Warrior, Senior Engagement and Knowledge Broker within the Aboriginal Health Equity Theme

The money raised by participants and their sponsors in the BRIGHT Walk will push researchers at SAHMRI – like Eugene – another step closer to the next life-changing discovery and a brighter future. Their support will help us develop pilot projects and leverage funding from national bodies. It will also give a real boost to our fantastic researchers starting their careers with SAHMRI, empowering them to seek new insights and new discoveries.


Illuminate Adelaide, which takes place throughout July, is ‘a beacon, an invitation, a city-wide spectacle of art, light, sound and imagination, daring you to shake off the winter blues and rekindle a sense of wonder’.

Could there have been a more perfect backdrop for the BRIGHT Walk?

You can read more about Illuminate Adelaide here.


“Camilla is super energetic and charismatic, meeting all the milestones. She was a bit slower to develop at first, but now she’s absolutely thriving.”

Beth Clennell (Clinical Trial Operations Manager at SAHMRI) couldn’t believe what was happening when she was rushed to hospital to give birth, seven weeks early. Thankfully her baby, a daughter Camilla, was delivered safely and made it through those first, difficult days thanks to the expert medical care she received.

Beth’s lived experience has only added to her passion for her work. She’s delighted to see the BRIGHT Walk uniting the community with the common goal of raising money and awareness for a brighter future. 

“Without research and without funding to support it, health and medical care can’t progress. If we as a community can dig into our own pockets for a cause as crucial as this, the impact really is invaluable.”



How will the money raised be used?

The money raised on the BRIGHT Walk will help SAHMRI’s BRIGHT and brilliant researchers create a brighter future for the people we love.

Can I still sponsor someone who took part?

Absolutely! Just visit our participant search page, find the person you want to sponsor and donate via their fundraising page. Your support is very much appreciated.

Is the BRIGHT Walk an annual event?

Yes! We’ll be sharing information about the 2023 event on this site as soon as plans are finalised – so watch this space!


SAHMRI is South Australia’s independent, not-for-profit health and medical research institute.

We believe in a healthier future for all Australians. We listen to the needs of our communities to deliver research that changes the way healthcare is delivered. Through research excellence, innovation and strategic partnerships, we turn discoveries in health and medical research into impact for the community to improve their lives and the health of all Australians.

SAHMRI’s headquarters is in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City – the largest health and medical research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere. It is currently home to around 700 researchers, partners, students and support staff. They are all committed to transforming innovative health and medical research into tangible health benefits for our community.

You can learn more about SAHMRI here.


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