A Yarrawonga pharmacist drew a few “strange looks” when he ran to raise funds for the local health service
If you’ve ever felt a bit too warm in your white coat, spare a thought for Cameron Wood, who recently ran a full 10km in the sun as part of a local fund-raiser.
Mr Wood was supporting Yarrawonga Health’s fundraising arm, Helping Hands, in its Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Corporate Challenge.
The challenge aims to get businesses and community groups together to support health services and promote their businesses – in Mr Wood’s case, the Terry White Chemmart.
Around 20 people from the pharmacy completed either the 5km or 10km fun run course on the day.
“To try and generate a bit more interest in the Corporate Challenge this year I decided to compete wearing my full pharmacist uniform (Ben Casey, long pants) but with running shoes,” he told the AJP.
“Needless to say I got a few strange looks and comments at the start line!
“The clothes didn’t really bother me until about the 6km mark when I started to get a bit hot and I had to stop at an aid station and pour a couple of cups of water over my head.
“I completed the course in 37:58, finished third in my category and fifth overall.”
Mr Wood is no stranger to running for a good cause: he also recently completed a 70km run called the Berry Long Run, which raises money for Berry Street, Victoria’s largest independent child and family organisation, which helps young people and families recover from domestic violence, abuse and neglect.
“Some of the money raised was from a local fun run we created, with all funds directly to the charity.”
He and wife Megan, a personal trainer, are accredited recreational run coaches through Athletics Australia and enjoy encouraging local community members to get on their feet and start running.
“The locals love seeing him in the paper and asking about his next running challenge!” Ms Wood says.