In November I will be running my first (and officially last) marathon in New York. I had always vowed to NEVER run a marathon, as running 42kms is not my idea of fun! But I was offered an opportunity to run in this prestigious event by Lendlease and decided to do it and at the same time try and make a real difference to those less fortunate than us.
To keep me motivated over the next 6 months as I embark on a gruelling training program, I have decided to raise money for the John Maclean Foundation (JMF). JMF provides financial assistance for children and families in need for items such as new wheelchairs, vehicle and house modifications and where necessary surgery and medical assistance.
I have set myself a target of raising $84,000 and seek your financial support - that’s $2,000 for every kilometre that I will be running in New York.
A little bit about my good friend John Maclean.
John Maclean is the most inspirational person I have ever met! John suffered a catastrophic spinal injury in 1988 training for the Nepean Triathlon and spent the next 26 years in a wheelchair. However over the years he continued to challenge himself to find out ‘how far can he go?’ He became the first paraplegic to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, swim the English Channel, before going on to win a silver medal for rowing at the 2008 Paralympic Games.
However his greatest achievement following radical physical therapy was to retrain his mind and challenge conventional thinking to walk again in 2014. In November that year he completed the Nepean Triathlon as an able bodied athlete! His journey is far from over.
Thank you so much for your support.