Hi! I am Jeff!
I run. More than most people but not as much as some. I've always been healthy and ready for a challenge. This year I'll run my home marathon in Melbourne in Mid October. There I'll be the 3:30 pacer, running a steady, just on 5 minutes / km to help runners meet their goals. Three weeks later I'll run the New York Marathon, my fourth of the six major marathons of the world. Finally two weeks after New York, on the way home I'll run the marathon in Valencia in Spain. 3 Marathons, 3 continents, 5 weeks. That's my challenge for this year!
When a dear friend asked whether I would fund raise in support of Operation Cleft Australia I was a bit unsure. I mainly run for myself. Sounds a bit selfish but I run because I enjoy the time and the effort and the camaraderie. I'd never really thought about running for a cause and Operation Cleft is a tough one to say no to. Over 5000 children are born in Bangladesh each year with cleft palates. The medical system there doesn't have the capacity to care for them and the condition can lead to infection, malnutrition and rejection by their communities. Operation Cleft raises funds to allow surgical repair for these kids to allow them to lead a normal life.
I hope you will join me in my journey, support me and help Operation Cleft Australia continue to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries for poor children in Bangladesh.