Runner reaches early goal

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Marathon effort: Luke Raymond at the end of this year’s Melbourne Marathon and achieving another major step towards reaching his personal best in fundraising for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

EARLIER this year Luke Raymond set himself the goal of running 2017 kilometres in 2017 to raise money for children impacted by violence and bullying.

The Langwarrin man achieved his massive mission on September 30, cracking 2017km on a training run and exceeding his $5000 fundraising goal for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

Training through the dark, cold and wet of winter, Raymond took part in Run for the Kids, Run Melbourne and the Melbourne Marathon as part of achieving his personal challenge.

“When you break it down, the distance seems possible,” he said.

“It equates to 38 kilometres every week and 168 kilometres every month.”

Despite reaching his running goal and fundraising goal, the father of two said he will continue running and raising money for the foundation, which works to keep children safe from violence and bullying, for the rest of the year.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said that Raymong has been “a tremendous campaigner, sharing his progress through his Facebook page and fundraising page”.

“What an outstanding effort by a remarkable man,” Ms Podesta said.

“Luke has raised more than $5000 and this will enable us to directly assist vulnerable children to recover and thrive.”

To support Luke Raymond, visit give.everydayhero.com/au/2017-in-2017 or facebook.com/2017kmsforkids/

First published in the Frankston Times – 23 October 2017

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