WHETHER you know Denis Reid from his younger years living in Bombala or have never heard of the man, it’s hard not to get excited about his upcoming charity run from Eden to Bombala.
A former local who has always stayed in touch with the area, 65 year old Denis has challenged himself to run from Eden to Bombala up the Big Jack Mountain this coming Sunday, December 8.
It’s all about raising funds and awareness for MS Australia, and he’ll be tackling most of the 85km trip chiefly in the one day.
This will see him arrive in Cathcart on the Sunday, before running into Bombala on the Monday morning to a friendly welcome from the community.
In fact Denis will be joined by a selection of Bombala High School students who will run in relay-style legs with him from Cathcart to Bombala on December 9.
And to really make an entrance, local police will provide an escort as the group jogs into Bombala at around 9.15am on the Monday morning, passing through the main street and finishing the massive run at the high school itself.
All are encouraged to either meet the group at the school to give welcome and offer their congratulations, or simply make sure they are in the street on Monday morning to wish Denis well as he passes through.
If you feel like getting a little more involved, Denis welcomes anyone to join him on any leg of the run they choose, whether it’s the steepest parts of the Big Jack, or something a little less strenuous.
The more who take part and offer their support the better, with Denis certainly having a big trek ahead of him!
And he’ll do it all wearing his red singlet to remind himself that no matter how hard running can be, it will never be as challenging as living with MS.
Sadly Denis’s wife, Annette, is a sufferer of the disease, and is now so badly affected that she is under his full time care.
Denis got into running as a way of combating the stress of living with an MS sufferer and it is his way of raising awareness of the disease and the desperate need for a cure.
His aim for this particular run is to raise $10,000 for MS Australia to buy mobility equipment, provide respite care and the much needed miracle of a cure.
Those who wish to add their support can visit https://my-personal-challenge.everydayhero.com/au/denis-reid-running-man#
Alternatively they can contact Alfie Mustard in Bombala to make a donation towards the cause.
“My father is 65 years old and has always been involved in the local community, selflessly supporting others,” Denis’s daughter, Stacey says.
“Now I ask for communities in the local region and all over Australia to support him in reaching his goal of $10,000 to provide relief to families affected by MS.”
And ever keen to continue to support Bombala himself, Denis is formulating a plan to develop an annual charity running event in the local area, with his upcoming challenge perhaps proving the perfect kick off.
For now, make sure you show Denis your support for his mammoth challenge and either join him on the road or welcome him into town from around 9.15am Monday, December 9.
Anyone wishing to know more can contact Denis direct on 0414 635 805.