Simon and Mark push to the limit
PERSONAL trainer Simon Gilboy says he’s ready to push himself to the limits next weekend as he attempts to push his ute 50km for drug rehabilitation.
In an effort to raise money and awareness for Kyabram’s Teen Challenge, Simon is pushing the ute he used to make the journey here from Sydney around 10 years ago when he was fleeing drug addiction.
He says he’s ready and raring to go, hoping that his training will pay off and he can last the distance over the weekend at DECA in Shepparton.
He and his partner in crime Mark Stokes have been training and preparing themselves mentally for the big push.
“We’re good to go, so to speak. We haven’t been doing anything crazy fitness wise, just the basic training, strength training and body weight training,” Mr Gilboy said.
“Mark was in the Special Armed Forces, he was one of the best at what he was doing. After he fell out with the law he joined up with Teen Challenge, that was over 10 years ago.”
The PursUte Ute Push is Simon’s way of proving it’s possible to overcome methamphetamine addiction, but he says it’s a tough battle for anyone.
“You can’t do recovery on your own, you need someone there to help you. Mark helps me if I fall and I’ll help him if he does. The recovery journey never ends, you need people to talk to and support you.
“This program gives you lifelong friends, someone who knows what you’ve been through and can talk to you about it.”
As for the ambitious plan to raise $250,000, Simon says they’ve fallen a little shy of the mark, but encourages anyone who can to dig deep and help support the local cause.
“So far we’ve raised around $9000 for the event, but we’re accepting more, even after the event. We’re just hoping to raise awareness for the group.”
The PursUte 50km Ute Push will be at DECA on October 7 and 8. To donate go to mycause.com.au/ events/teenchallengepursuteutepush
Recovered addicts Mark Stokes and Simon Gilboy are giving back to the program that changed their lives.