Ruse dad prepares to walk for 24 hours straight

Group effort: Mark Nichols is helping out his daughter's team of youngsters at the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur this year. Picture: Chris Lane
Group effort: Mark Nichols is helping out his daughter's team of youngsters at the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur this year. Picture: Chris Lane

Spare a thought for Mark Nichols’ legs – come October 21, he won’t be able to feel them.

The Ruse resident is taking part in this year’s 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur walkathon and he intends to walk for all 24 of those hours.

Most people only walk for some of the time, but Mr Nichols is determined to complete the challenge in its entirety.

“I thought I might give it a whirl,” the 38-year-old said.

The year will mark Mr Nichols’ second entry in the annual walkathon, which raises money for local cancer services, patients and their families.

All funds raised by the charity go directly to Campbelltown and Camden hospitals and the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre.

Mr Nichols’ daughter is also taking part in the event as a  member of the all-child Actions Speak Louder Than Words team.

The group has 17 members and is driven by the children themselves, all of whom attend St Peter’s Anglican Primary School in Campbelltown.

They are aiming to raise $7500 for the charity – a figure Mr Nichols wants to match.

“The kids are all doing such a good job and I thought it would be nice to try and help them out with their fundraising,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll both raise $7500.”

Mr Nichols was blown away by the community support and spirit on show at last year’s event.

He originally attended just to support his daughter, but soon found himself wanting to help out even more.

“The 24 Hour Fight is such a great group of people,” he said.

“What they do for the community is incredible – they put in so much time and effort into this event.

“It’s a shame it only happens once a year.”

Mr Nichols said anyone going through cancer treatment in Macarthur would have felt the effects of the charity’s hard work.

As he prepares for his big day, Mr Nichols is building up his stamina with long walks and time at the gym.

He is encouraging everyone to take part in the event at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium, Leumeah, on October 20 and 21.

“Come on down and give it a go, there’s so much going on,” he said.

“I never expected to see as many people as I did my first time.”

Donate to Mr Nichols campaign at facebook.com/MarkWalk4aCause.

More info: 24hrfight.org.au

What they do for the community is incredible.

Mark Nichols