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April 15, 2021

Remembering Kev Moran

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From left: Chris and Mike Davis with Zoe, front. Photo Jeff ‘Charge Me Up’ Dawson.
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With the Chinny Charge back, The Echo looks back to one of the iconic runners

Finding a way to celebrate the life of Kevin James Moran, (1942–1991), by his adopted family was an easy decision. 

Kevin was a man who liked a challenge and had run the Chincogan Charge numerous times despite the fact he required kidney dialysis after contracting malaria in the merchant navy.

Kidney failure led to a kidney transplant and he also had coronary bypass surgery, neither of which stopped him from entering the mountain charge. 

The Kevin Moran memorial shield, ‘awarded for special effort and encouragement of others’ was donated in his memory by his closest friends and adopted family – the Davis family of Main Arm.

‘He was a man who had an enormous heart,’ said his great friend Mike Davis. 

‘He was such a larger than life figure in the community and would give you everything he had, and some. He had a golden heart.’

‘When he died after his second coronary bypass, it was a terrible loss and we donated the shield in his honour.’ 

The shield was first awarded to local Dr Suresh in 1991, who himself ran 26 consecutive races up Mt Chincogan between 1975 and 2001.

Mullum fixture

‘Kevin was a fixture around Mullum on his pushbike with his faithful black cocker spaniel in the first ‘sidecar.’ 

When he died, Kev was the first person to be buried at home for many years, said Mike, and Chris Davis paved the way for future cemeteries to be set up on private land in the Byron Shire. 

Being an Irishman at heart, ‘though fiercely proud to be an Australian,’ Kev was buried in a green coffin by Irish priest Father Hoad next to his faithful dog Middy.

‘As instructed by Kev, Father Hoad and Kev’s best mates toasted him in Irish whiskey into the wee small hours,’ reminisced Mike.

‘At his request on his headstone it says, “Here lies one little leprechaun who did one jig too many”,’ said Chris, smiling.With thanks to Dr Suresh and the Mullumbimby Museum, the shield has been located. 

‘I know at least one little leprechaun who will be smiling down on it,’ laughed Mike.

Organisers would like to remind everyone that the run takes place across private property and that it will only be open for the run on Saturday September 16. The route is not open to the public at any other time.

n Registration for the run will be announced in The Echo once Byron Shire Council has approved the development application.

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