James Bowles, teacher and Brandt House Headmaster at The Scots College, ran 42km in just over four hours on Sunday 5 July in the 37th Gold Coast Airport Marathon as part of his fundraising efforts for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
The Scots community, who helped him raise in excess of $13,000 offered James overwhelming support in his endeavour. “In 2005, my younger sister, Emily Jenkins, was killed in the London bombings on her way to work. Emily loved children, and wanted to be a midwife, which is why I chose raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick,” said James.
“It was an extremely tough run – never again,” laughed James. “But knowing that a generous Scots community was behind me and had helped raise so much money for such a fantastic cause was all the motivation I needed to push through.”
“We are very proud of James’ efforts, in both raising money for a worthy cause, and in running a gruelling marathon. He has set a fine example for boys at the College, demonstrating a key aspect of the boys education – to strive for excellence, and that our Christian teaching, our values and the beliefs that you form will give you a moral compass that will help you to become a man that other people will value and appreciate,” said Dr Ian PM Lambert, principle of The Scots College.
The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, of which the Sydney Children’s Hospital, in Randwick is a part, manages over 50,000 inpatient admissions each year. The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick is one of Australia’s leading specialist medical centres for children, caring for seriously ill and injured children from across NSW and beyond. The hospital relies heavily on community support to provide life-saving care for sick children and support for their families in their time of need.