Leanne running for great cause

MOTHER of three Leanne Laverty has faced many challenges in her life.

So when it came to jogging 14 kilometres, including a three kilometre stretch up the notoriously steep Heartbreak Hill, she didn't back down.

Last year Leanne competed in the City to Surf fun run that goes from Sydney's Hyde Park to Bondi Beach, and she is keen to do it all again this year.

"It gave me such a buzz last year, I wanted to go again, but this time, for a cause," she said. Leanne will be competing in this year's!City to Surf to raise funds for the!local branch of Diabetes Australia, a cause that is close to her heart.

"I have two boys that have Type 1 diabetes. They got it when they were nine and 10 years of age, and I found Diabetes Australia and the educators here in Coffs really good," she said.

"My boys went to a camp at Lake Ainsworth organised and paid for by the Coffs Harbour branch. They were taught about diet and medication.

"One of my boys had a phobia about doing his needles, but when he went to the camp and saw other kids with the same problems, it really helped him. He came back able to do it himself."

Leanne, whose sons are now older, said she she wants to give something back to the foundation, so other kids can continue to benefit from the camps.

Leanne's sister Shelley McKenzie be joining her in this year's run to be held on August 12 in Sydney.

If you would like to sponsor Leanne or Shelley, contact the Coffs Harbour and District branch of Diabetes Australia NSW on 6651 6123, or post donations to the branch at PO Box 601, Coffs Harbour 2450.

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