40-hours non-stop challenge for sick kids
As part of fundraising efforts for the Channel Nine Telethon, Juiced TV athlete ambassador Kieron Douglass will set off at 6am on Friday, 17 November, on one of his most grueling challenges yet: a 40-hour non-stop run throughout South-East Queensland to raise money for our sick kids.
Kieron started his fundraising efforts for Juiced TV in 2014, after seeing a crowdfunding campaign to start Australia’s first entertainment initiative to benefit the health and well-being of sick kids and their families in hospital.
At the age of nine, Kieron spent time in hospital after being hit by a car, so it was easy for him to understand the positive difference Juiced TV makes to sick children in hospital.
Kierun’s 40-hour run will test him physically and mentally, as he crosses 200km of testing terrain. But this unsung hero won’t bat an eyelid –
“In no way, shape or form does running long distances even compare to what some of these kids face day in and day out,” he said.
“I hope that by doing this challenge I can give the sick kids and their families a bit of hope, knowing there are everyday people, just like myself, working alongside the doctors, nurses, Juiced TV and remarkable Children’s Hospital Foundation staff, all trying to make a difference in their lives,” he said.
By pushing his body to the limit for 40 hours, Kieron will face many demons, including extreme tiredness, soreness, dehydration and vomiting.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s tough, but the body can handle many and varied amazing things, and if by doing this challenge I can put a smile on the face of just one sick child it will be worthwhile,” he said.
Kieron is looking forward to a well earned break at the end of his challenge, with the support of his wife and kids on the sidelines.
The Channel Nine Telethon, now in its fourth year, has so far raised over $34 million for the Children’s Hospital Foundation thanks to the generosity of partners and supporters. Money raised goes towards research, services and equipment for the sick children of Queensland.