KYABRAM local Jake Parkinson will be taking part in The Herald Sun/City Link Run for the Kids on March 18.
The Run for the Kids is a fun run through the heart of the Melbourne CBD aimed predominantly at raising funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Jake will take part in the 15km ‘super course’, which starts on Alexandra Avenue, goes over the Bolte Bridge, through Docklands and finishes in Collins Street.
“The fundraising has been going better than expected, I started with a goal of $1000 but since then it has kind of taken off and now I’m already over that mark,” Jake said.
“The support has been great so now I haven’t really set a goal — I’m just seeing what I can end up with and what I can raise for the cause.”
Jake said while he hasn’t got direct ties to the Royal Children’s Hospital, he saw the opportunity to do something good and wanted to grab it.
“I didn’t really have much of a personal driving factor as such — other than knowing a few people who have had kids go down to the Children’s Hospital.
“For me it was more about the last 12-18 months I have been working on my fitness and wanted to do the run and thought I could raise some money while doing it.”
Jake has been training by completing “6 or 7km” runs each morning before work, on top of footy training and also a longer run on the weekends.
He hasn’t attempted the full 15km yet, but is confident he can get it done.
“I don’t really want to burn out before the day by running 15km all the time.
“I have been doing the longer runs without too much trouble so hopefully I’ll be all right on the day and the occasion can get me through.”
To donate to Jake’s personal account head to runforthekids2018.everydayhero.com/au/jake-parkinson