Marathon ‘Feat’ for Jay Allen

 

SYDNEY FINISHING LINE: Marathon Walker Jay Allen.
SYDNEY FINISHING LINE: Marathon Walker Jay Allen.

When Jay Allen strode into Barangaroo at the southern end of the Harbour Bridge last Sunday, he completed a feat that few of us could match.

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He’d walked 12 hundred kilometres from Brisbane to Sydney in 29 days.

Jay’s aim had been to raise money for Melanoma research, a cause close to his heart.

A Melanoma survivor himself, his diagnosis, treatment and survival eight years ago was life changing on every level.

He went from being a truck driver to working for the Melanoma Institute in Sydney.

His mentor and hero is the Institute’s Chairman Reg Richardson.

“I harassed him till he gave me a job,” Jay told News Of The Area.

Jay’s epic journey also took him through the Myall and led to an outpouring of support both emotional and financial.

“I’m amazed at the generosity,” Jay said.

He sends his thanks to the many businesses and locals in the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest area who donated $1,000 to his Melanoma March.

Jay’s goal was to reach $250,000 for the Melanoma Institute, a goal he appears set to achieve.

He’s not done walking either.

“Can’t wait to get back to the Institute to get started on another plan for another walk.”

 

 

By Margie TIERNEY

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