STU­DENTS RUN FOR VIET­NAM OR­PHANS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KATE PARASKEVOS

WHEN Ryan Press is push­ing his body to the limit dur­ing the 42km Gold Coast Marathon, he will be think­ing about im­pov­er­ished and dis­abled Viet­namese kids whose lives he is try­ing to im­prove.

The 27-year-old Bond Univer­sity doc­tor of phys­io­ther­apy stu­dent and some of his Bond mates are rais­ing money by run­ning the marathon on July 1 to help GGC Vol­un­teers Ltd, an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the health, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial wel­fare of or­phaned and dis­abled chil­dren in Viet­nam’s Da Nang re­gion.

“For most of these chil­dren, their whole day is of­ten spent ly­ing on a mat or in their bed,” Mr Press said.

“Our hope is to as­sist with the pro­vi­sion of much­needed ther­apy equip­ment, or­thotics and re­sources to as­sist chil­dren and fam­i­lies who most need them.

“You would not be­lieve the joy these chil­dren ex­press when they are able to sit and in­ter­act – but they can­not do so with­out our help.”

Mr Press ran the Gold Coast Marathon last year and has com­peted in a num­ber of other races.

As for a post-marathon re­cov­ery ses­sion, he had that cov­ered. “Lucky for me my girl­friend’s study­ing to be a physio as well and can help me re­cover for my next race, which will be the Kokoda Beach Clas­sic on the Gold Coast (in Au­gust),” he said.

Pic­ture: JERAD WILLIAMS

Bond Univer­sity marathon­ers (from left) Sally Sawyer, Takato Saku­rai, Ryan Press, Lin­ley Ber­tac­chini, Made­line Simp­son, Colin Tomes and Vic­to­ria Wa­ter­worth.

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