Sam’s miles ahead in the fundrais­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

SAM Thom­son is lead­ing the pack af­ter rais­ing $1570, and count­ing, for the re­search of whale sharks for the Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon.

The 10-year-old has par­tic­i­pated in the marathon for the past three years and this time de­cided to take on the 10km run in­stead of the 5km.

Sam said he’s al­ways been one to look af­ter the Great Bar­rier Reef. “It’s im­por­tant to me be­cause the reef is just amaz­ing,” he said.

“It’s not re­ally fair that in a few gen­er­a­tions there might not be a reef.”

Sam has been train­ing hard and is look­ing for­ward to the race that kicks off this Sunday.

He said if he wins the ma­jor prize, which is three nights at the Sher­a­ton Grand Mi­rage, a dive on the reef with a re­search team and din­ner at 2Fish, he’ll treat his mum and dad as a thank you.

Sam’s mum Skye shared his fundrais­ing link on face­book in hopes peo­ple will show their sup­port for the cause.

“I’m re­ally proud of him and we’re thank­ful for all the sup­port everyone has shown,” she said.

Sam Thom­son with marathon great Steve Moneghetti

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