Fam­ily ties help Jake in wheel­bar­row race

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

St Stephen’s Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Jake Pri­estly has stepped up to take on the 15th an­nual Great Wheel­bar­row Race as a solo com­peti­tor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.