Family ties help Jake in wheelbarrow race
FOLLOWING in his brother’s footsteps, 16-year-old Jake Priestly is entering the 15th annual Great Wheelbarrow Race as a solo competitor.
In 2015, Jake’s older brother Josh won the male solo category, and it was his determination that inspired Jake to take on the challenge.
“Watching Josh do the race solo three years ago has motivated me to do the same thing and give it a go – it’s all for charity, so why not,” Jake said.
The St Stephen’s Catholic College student will compete in this year’s event to raise money for Rosies – Friends on the Street, a local charity which provides essential services to those less fortunate in the community.
“I volunteer for Rosie’s with my mum and dad every month and it’s a really great charity that gives back to the local community,” he said.
“Rosie’s reaches out to those most in need, those people who are lonely, abandoned, and marginalised within our communities.”
Race chairman, Mareeba Shire Councillor Nipper Brown, is encouraging teams to jump online and nominate.
“Nominations close on May7 but don’t leave it until the last minute to put your team in,” he said.
Jake has set up a webpage to help raise money for his chosen charity Rosies. Visit: www.rosies.strikingly.com/ to donate or find out more. Visit www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com to register for the race.
St Stephen’s Catholic College student Jake Priestly has stepped up to take on the 15th annual Great Wheelbarrow Race as a solo competitor.