Marathon man em­pow­ers kids

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AMINA McCAULEY

PAUL Wright, a groundskee­per at Glen Dhu Pri­mary School, Launce­s­ton, will next month be run­ning seven marathons in seven days across seven states.

The 60-year-old is em­bark­ing on this epic chal­lenge for the third time to raise aware­ness and funds for chil­dren who have suf­fered from sex­ual as­sault and who don’t feel they can speak up about it.

“I’ve known quite a few chil­dren who have been sex­u­ally as­saulted,” Mr Wright said.

“So it’s all about try­ing to en­cour­age kids to come for­ward so they can get their lives back on track.”

There are 20 run­ners na­tion­ally who, as part of child pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Brave­hearts, will be rais­ing money through the 777 marathon from July 1-7.

Each run­ner raises a min­i­mum of $10,000 that will go to­wards the work of Brave­hearts in coun­selling, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

Kick­ing off in Perth, the Brave­hearts’ 777 will work its way through Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Launce­s­ton, Syd­ney and Can­berra be­fore fin­ish­ing at the Gold Coast Marathon on Sun­day July 7.

Ahead of Mr Wright’s ven­ture, Mel­bourne teacher and run­ner Adrian Bol yes­ter­day ran his sixth of seven marathons, tak­ing on Tas­ma­nia’s Seven Mile Beach.

Rais­ing money and aware­ness for Food­bank for his 60th birth­day, Mr Bol said he wanted to chal­lenge him­self men­tally and phys­i­cally.

“I’m an ed­u­ca­tor so I want to tell young peo­ple they should go af­ter their dreams, don’t give up,” Mr Bol said.

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