Ex- soldier steps up for daugh­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LY­DIA KELLNER

FOR­MER soldier Caine Wil­liams has drawn in­spi­ra­tion from his daugh­ter to lace up his shoes for his first marathon in sup­port of vet­er­ans suf­fer­ing from post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Mr Wil­liams, now an un­der­ground coal miner, will run in the Soldier On Me­mo­rial Run on Sun­day as part of the Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val’s Townsville Marathon.

The me­mo­rial run aims to raise funds and aware­ness for Soldier On, an or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing re­turned sol­diers.

“Be­ing an ex- soldier, I have mates who had their own strug­gles af­ter de­ploy­ment, and I lost a friend ear­lier this year to PTSD,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“So when I heard the Me­mo­rial Run was hap­pen­ing for Soldier On, I was quick to jump on board. I haven’t run any­where near marathon dis­tances be­fore – the fur­thest I’ve run is 30km … and that hurt.”

Mr Wil­liams’ ini­tial was his daugh­ter, Jes­sika.

“Jes­sika al­ways rep­re­sented her school and North Queens­land at cross coun­try. We said we would run a marathon to­gether one day,” he said. “But while she was in Year 12, she de­vel­oped Supraven­tric­u­lar Tachy­car­dia, a heart con­di­tion.

“She’s had two heart oper­a­tions … so there isn’t much chance that she’ll get to run a marathon but I’m not break­ing my prom­ise.”

Townsville Road Run­ners pres­i­dent Tony Gor­don said the Soldier On run would be part of the event in the fu­ture.

To do­nate to Mr Wil­liams’ ef­fort visit sol­dieron. giveeasy. org/ cam­paigns/ cwilly- for- soldier- on

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