Bus and Tram Express
Bus and Tram Express

Ultra Marathon for Kids

May 10, 2015News

RTBU member and bus driver from Leichhardt depot, Matthew Reid, is getting prepared for an ultra marathon.

Matthew will run from Melbourne to Sydney in September to raise money for the Starlight Foundation.

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“I decided to do the run because I was inspired by a Canadian runner Terry fox who wanted to run across Canada in 1980 on one leg. He lost it to cancer and decided to run and raise money for cancer research. He ended up dying but ran 3339 miles before he died,” Matthew says.

“I love kids and have an 8 year old son and would do anything to help kids. That’s why I chose Starlight, because the concept of parents staying with their kids in Hospital rings true to me. That the sick kids and their parents can stay together in hospital.”

Matthew’s been busy getting prepared and training and he has also begun to ask for donations and organise fundraising events. His goal is to raise $500,000 for the Starlight Foundation.

You can follow Matthew’s progress by liking his Facebook page and through the page you will also find a link where you can make a donation.