Sydney man, Peter Kingston will run a feet-blistering 250km across the Sahara Desert next month, as part of ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, in a bid to raise funds for Australia’s oldest charity, The Benevolent Society.
On Sunday 6 April, carrying his entire 7-day supply of food, clothing and medical equipment, Peter will begin the 29th Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) to raise money for the charity and its child and family early intervention service, which supports the families of some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged communities.
Speaking about the race, Peter said he was excited to be taking part and to be taking on the challenge for the second time in three years, but the real reason he was running was to help Sydney kids and families doing it tough.
“After finishing the race in 2012 I vowed it would be the first and last time for me, and yet here I am again, after 3,000km in training about to trek across the sands once again”, Peter said.
“Over the last few years the desert has never been far from my thoughts – I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it is – but I guess as well as the personal challenge, one of the real reasons I’m running again is to make a difference in the lives of the children and families that The Benevolent Society works with through its many services..
“I’d heard about the great work The Benevolent Society does from a friend, and I visited some of the disadvantaged communities to see for myself, first hand, the levels of poverty and the impact this can have on people’s lives – that’s when I decided I wanted to contribute in some way again”, added Peter.
The money raised by Peter will go towards funding a new early intervention program comprising a two-day, tutor-led homework centre, that will work with children on their literacy, numeracy and communication skills, plus a new youth advisory committee that will encourage young people to advocate for the changes they want to see in their own communities.
Peter leaves for Morocco on Tuesday 1 April and will begin the race on Sunday 6 April, alongside some 1,200 competitors. He expects to raise more than $50k in sponsorship.
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