Hometown hero runs Great Victoria Desert to keep CareFlight flying
Mundubbera local David Holleran, is putting his best foot forward to raise vital funds for RACQ CareFlight Rescue, by running a 670 kilometre ultra-marathon through the Great Victoria Desert.
The 1st of July marks the beginning of the end for the 58-year-old who is finishing his 19 year desert running career by conquering the largest wide open space Australia has to offer.
To mark this milestone, David is dedicating the gruelling run to RACQ CareFlight Rescue, donating all money raised to the not-for-profit service.
"Raising funds for charity is something I've done since I was ten years old and this just continues the passion that I have always had for helping others raise funds," David said.
“CareFlight do wonderful work and they are fantastic people to deal with.
“I am hoping to raise as much as possible for CareFlight, because each mission it flies costs more than $12,500."
David hopes to cross the Great Victoria Desert in just 11 days.
It’s a journey that will take him from west of Coober Pedy in South Australia, to his finish line east of Laverton in Western Australia, where he is also set to secure a spot in the Guinness World Record books as the first person to run across all of the Australian deserts.
RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s North Coast Relationship Manager Angela Miles said the organisation was touched by David’s generosity and commitment, and encouraged the community to support those who support the vital aeromedical service.
“He is up at 3 o’clock every morning training towards this run, still working his day job to keep bread and butter on his own table and is selflessly sacrificing so much for the sake of our future,” Angela said.
“It’s people like David who keep CareFlight alive.”
CareFlight relies on the kindness of the community, and people like David, to generate more than a third of its funding.
Donations to David can be made online.