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25 November, 2020

Ready to Run for Rob

AFTER his childhood friend Rob Turner collapsed from a rare brain bleed in September, Aaron Dozier took it upon himself to use his knowledge and enthusiasm as a way to raise money to help support Rob and his family.

By Rhys Thomas

MATESHIP: Aaron Dozier is ready to run for his mate Rob Turner and family.

AFTER his childhood friend Rob Turner collapsed from a rare brain bleed in September, Aaron Dozier took it upon himself to use his knowledge and enthusiasm as a way to raise money to help support Rob and his family. 

Aaron came up with the idea to run a kilometre for every $50 donation to Rob’s Go Fund Me page, an idea which he named ‘Run for Rob’. 

After tallying up the kilometres he has to run, Aaron will then spread them out over January and February of next year, each day of the month, with some rest days thrown in. 

The reasoning behinds Aaron’s decision to do this run is simple – he felt he needed a way to help his mate. 

“When it initially happened two friends and I headed down to Townsville where Rob had been sent,” he said. 

“While I was down there I felt very involved we were helping the family do the shopping and all of that kind of stuff. 

“When I got back up here I honestly felt kind of lost and I wasn’t quite sure how to make an impact, but I still wanted to help.” 

Since Aaron is an Exercise Physiologist he decided to use his profession to be impactful and use it in a way to help out his friend in need. 

“Anyone who knows me knows that I predominantly lift weights so the idea was that everyone might enjoy seeing this 93 kilo human do some running,” Aaron said.

If the fundraising goal of $150,000 is raised Aaron will need to run a massive 630 kilometres which is quite the feat of endurance over two months of constant running. 

“When we were working it out and tinkering with the numbers we thought that was a reasonable number in order for me not to die on the run,” Aaron said. 

“The friendship instinct to just do anything you can to help, be involved and do what you can to help out some really beautiful people. 

“The community support has been astounding even before we did the Run for Rob, the Go Fund Me page had ticked well over $100,000 in donations, which is incredible.” 

If you would like to show your support for Rob Turner and his family and help Aaron Dozier on his mission to run 630 kilometres, you can donate to the GoFundMe page.

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