Guy Leech to run the Mini-Mos
World champion ironman Guy Leech is set to join runners of all ages this month at the Mini- Mos Community Fun Run & Fair on Sunday June 19th 2016.
The Mini-Mos is one of Sydney's premier running events, featuring a 2km, 5km and 10km race around the streets of Mosman. The event raises funds for Mosman Public School (MPS) and its partnership charities Raise Foundation and SeeBeyondBorders.
Leech welcomed the opportunity to become a Mini-Mos ambassador and raise awareness of the benefits of exercise, as well as make a difference to the lives of young people.
"I saw my Dad have a heart attack when I was 12 years old and this was the start of my journey to be fit and healthy but also to educate and motivate others to do the same," Leech said.
"I love the idea of seeing people get healthier and fitter, and it's even better when you're helping to raise money for people in need."
Funds raised through registrations enable MPS to provide extra resources for its students, and donations from race participants and fundraising directly support Raise and SeeBeyondBorders' programs and initiatives.
Raise improves the lives of young people by providing school and community based mentoring programs and personal development workshops in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Raise founder Vicki Condon said mentors become a trusted adult whom teenagers can talk to.
"They are a neutral person whom they can talk to and someone who's just for them. It makes them feel valued and special", Ms Condon said.
Ms Condon said with communities these days becoming more widespread, young people are at risk of becoming disengaged.
"Raise aims to help young people have a voice and engage and forge new relationships, " Ms Condon said.
SeeBeyondBorders works in partnership with local communities in Cambodia to improve education standards by training teachers, getting children to school and developing better learning environments.
For SeeBeyondBorders, partnering with Mosman Public School was a logical step.
"To partner with a school means we can encourage MPS students to see themselves as global citizens", said SeeBeyondBorders' Priscilla Chang.
"It empowers the students at MPS with the knowledge that just an individual person can make a difference," Ms Chang said.
SeeBeyondBorders works with 62 schools in the Siem Reap and Battambang provinces of north west Cambodia.
Mini-Mos 2016 is on Sunday June 19. Register to run at www.mini-mos.com