Great Scott a tire­less walker for needy kids

The West Australian - - NEWS - Liam Croy

Scott Guerini’s mother never thought her four-year-old son would fol­low through with his grand plan to help sick chil­dren.

He was tiny, barely as tall as her legs, so how would he walk 25km from the fam­ily farm to the sports oval in the mid­dle of South­ern Cross?

Clearly, he had been in­spired by his kinder­garten group’s fundrais­ing ef­forts for needy chil­dren. He kept ask­ing his mother, Michelle, for per­mis­sion and she kept turn­ing him down.

It was an ad­mirable idea but it seemed he was get­ting a bit ahead of him­self. Un­til she de­cided to let him try.

“He sur­prised every­one. He made it in eight hours and 45 min­utes,” Mrs Guerini said.

“No one met us at the oval. We didn’t or­gan­ise any­thing be­cause we didn’t think he’d make it.

“We apol­o­gised and told him we shouldn’t have been say­ing he can’t do it. I said ‘If you want to keep do­ing this we’ll help you’.

“Those kinder­garten lessons planted the seed for him and got him think­ing about what he could do. He’s al­ways been a very deep thinker and it must have just re­ally res­onated with him.”

Now in his first year of high school, Scott, 12, has raised more than $145,000 for Telethon through an­nual walks.

He com­pleted his fifth marathon in June.

Last year, he had a book pub­lished called Did You Know You Can Change the World? All pro­ceeds have gone to Telethon.

At Telethon Week­end next week, he will tackle his sec­ond 50km tread­mill chal­lenge to add to his fundrais­ing tally com­piled through the year. He will fol­low that up with a walk of at least 21km on the Sun­day.

Scott’s long-term goal is to raise $1 mil­lion for Telethon by the age of 90. His mother knows bet­ter than to doubt him.

“I’m go­ing to keep do­ing this for as long as I can,” Scott said.

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Scott Guerini, 12, who has high hopes for his Telethon fundrais­ing this year, and mum, Nicole.

Scott, at 7, and Kerry Stokes.

Scott, 6, stayed true to his word.

Scott started help­ing early.

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