While most of us were enjoying a Sunday sleep-in, Queensland Freemason Matthew Sullivan was among 30,000 participants to brave the winter rains to complete the Bridge to Brisbane earlier this year.
The 30-year-old from Gympie wasn’t going to let anything, let alone the weather, stand in the way of him fulfilling his goal, which he had worked towards all year.
“I wanted to mark turning 30 by doing something I’d never done before,” Matthew said.
“I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, so, I got myself a personal trainer who made sure that I was ready and wouldn’t injure myself. Plus, I was able to use the event as motivation to lose weight,” he said.
However, it wasn’t just about pushing himself against the clock, with hundreds of charities benefiting from the fun run.
“The Board of Benevolence (BoB) was my chosen charity. I managed to raise just over $1000, with a significant portion of that going to BoB and the rest going to Everyday Hero to support a range of charities,” he said.
“It was great to introduce other participants to the charitable work of Freemasons across the state and show the difference that we’re making.”
After persevering through the dreary conditions, Matthew completed the 5km course in 43 minutes and 11 seconds – his family cheering him on at the finish line.
“I’ll be doing it again next year for sure – I might even aim for the 10km course.”
“It would be fantastic to take part alongside other Freemasons, to get our name out there and raise funds for our charity.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark recognised Matthew’s efforts.
“We’re very grateful that Matthew took on this event with us in mind. Being a monthly donor, he’s been supportive of our work over a number of years. To see him take BoB’s mission to a new audience is just brilliant,” Gary said.
“100% of the donation to BoB will go towards initiatives that empower people to lead better lives,” he said.
Photo: Matthew Sullivan powered through the Bridge to Brisbane, raising over $1000.