Our very own Julian Bee will once again be demonstrating his dedication to Cure Kids next week. On August 20th, he'll be running on a treadmill in Wellington's Midland Park non-stop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aiming to cover a lofty 84km in 9 hours (that's TWO marathons), JBs will be fundraising all day for Red Nose Day - the appeal run by Cure Kids New Zealand to fund medical research for children. A support treadmill next to Julian will be occupied by a continuous stream of Provoke animals and other guest support runners.
Once completed, there will be little time for Julian to take off his trainers, as the treadmill challenge kicks off an even greater running feat. To raise further funds for Cure Kids, Julian will be running all nine of New Zealand's Great Walks between now and April next year. From Rakiura to Lake Waikaremoana, and with the Kepler in between, Julian's tread will wear through 544km of New Zealand's finest wilderness, with every painful km dedicated to Cure Kids.
When asked the obvious question; why someone would put themselves through such a grueling physical undertaking, Julian's answer is simple and sincere, "I've got kids who I love to bits, and try as I might want to, there's a bunch of stuff in this world I can't protect them from. As a firm believer in modern science (and therefore the research that drives it), investing my time in helping Cure Kids do what they do feels like a sound investment in my kids future health. Plus I've never met a group of people more passionate about what they do."
And Cure Kids are right behind him, ""New Zealand's support of Red Nose Day last year was incredible and we are hoping Red Nose Day will be even bigger this year. We are incredibly grateful to individuals like Julian who set them themselves a challenge and spend considerable amounts of time and energy fundraising to help us cure kids," says Vicki Lee, CEO of Cure Kids.
As Mason so aptly put it, "JBs is a genuinely good guy who is willing to go, quite literally, the extra mile for this good cause. I just hope we have someone from St Johns on standby."
Julian's first 'Great Run' starts in October, to follow his progress and find out information about donating, visit www.greatruns.co.nz. Keep up-to-date with Julian's progress next Tuesday by following @greatruns and @provokezoo on Twitter.